Avni killing: Maharashtra Minister snaps back at Maneka Gandhi; asks her to resign for malnutrition deaths

Sudhir Mungantiwar said Maneka Gandhi should also resign for the number of malnutrition deaths among children in her tenure.

The ongoing deadlock between Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi and Maharashtra Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar seems to continue. On Tuesday, Mungantiwar snapped back at Gandhi demanding her resignation on “moral grounds” over the increased malnutrition deaths. The state forest Minister snapped back at Gandhi after she slammed him for ordering the killing of alleged ‘man-eater’ tigress Avni.

Reacting to the last week’s killing of the tigress Avni in Yavatmal district, she said that it is a “ghastly murder and a straight case of crime”.

However, Mungantiwar defending himself said that he had nothing to do with the killing. “The Union Minister for Women and Child Development has called for my resignation though I had nothing to do with the killing of the man-eater tigress,” he told a news agency.

Rebuking her for demanding his resignation, he said, she should also resign for the number of malnutrition deaths among children in her tenure. “If I am to take the moral responsibility for something I have nothing to do with, our Central leader should set an example for me and resign taking moral responsibility for the death of children in the country due to malnutrition during her tenure,” he said.

Tigress Avni, officially known as T1, was allegedly responsible for the death of 13 people in the last two years.

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