Gopinath Munde

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Gopinath Munde
गोपीनाथ मुंडे
Minister of Rural Development
In office
26 May 2014 – 3 June 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Preceded by Jairam Ramesh
Succeeded by Nitin Jairam Gadkari
MP for Beed
In office
May 16, 2009 – June 3, 2014
Preceded by Jaisingrao Gaikwad Patil
Succeeded by Pritam Gopinathrao Munde
Constituency Beed
Deputy Chief Minister of Maharastra
In office
March 14, 1995 – October 11, 1999
Succeeded by Ramrao Adik
Personal details
Born Gopinath Pandurang Munde
(1949-12-12)12 December 1949
Nathra Village, Parali
Died 3 June 2014(2014-06-03) (age 64)
New Delhi
Nationality Indian
Political party Bhartiya Janata Party
Spouse(s) Pradnya Munde
Children Pankaja Munde
Pritam Munde and Yashashri
Profession Politician
Religion Hinduism
Website Gopinath Munde

Gopinathrao Pandurang Munde (December 12, 1949 – June 3, 2014) was an Indian politician from Maharashtra. He was a senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Union Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj in Narendra Modi's Cabinet, which, however, was short-lived due to his death in a road accident. He was a member of Maharashtra's Legislative Assembly (MLA) for five terms during 1980–1985 and 1990–2009. He was also the leader of opposition in the Assembly during 1992–1995. He had held the post of Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra in 1995–1999.[1] Munde was elected to Lok Sabha in 2009 and 2014, and served as the deputy leader of the BJP in the Lok Sabha. He was appointed in Modi's cabinet and took the oath on 26 May, but died in a road accident in New Delhi a week later on 3 June 2014.[2] He is the shortest served Cabinet minister ever in Indian history.

Childhood and education[edit]

Munde was born in Parali, Maharashtra, on 12 December 1949, to Pandurang and Limbabai Munde in a middle class Vanjari caste farmer's family.[3]

His primary education was in the village (population then 500, now about 1000) that did not have a school building. The "school" was held under the shade of a tree. He was an average student; not very bright, not a dullard either. He was, however, determined to study even when he was not feeling well.

He moved on to tehsil town Parali for the secondary education in the Zilla Parishad School. He used to go to Arya Samaj Mandir everyday to read newspapers and books and listen to discourses given by men of wisdom. After matriculation, he joined the college in Ambejogai for graduation in Commerce. He did not have political background in his family, yet he was drawn to the students' movement in the college. He became a kingmaker of sorts, ensuring victory of members of his group though he did not win an election even once during those four memorable years.

Munde attended a government primary school, in Nathra village, Beed district where classes were conducted "under a tree". He later attended the Zilla Parishad high school in Parali. He obtained a B.Com. from college in Ambejogai.[3] Subsequently, he studied at the ILS College in Pune.

After Gopinath Munde became Rural Dev. Minister in 2014, controversy erupted over his educational qualification. According to the affidavit submitted to Election Commission by Munde for the Lok Sabha elections, he graduated from New Law College, Pune in 1976 but the college was established in 1978.[4] Later it was confirmed that the degree was issued by the Pune University and not by the college. He has done a BCom and a BGL. he did an LLB for two years from the ILS College. However, it isn't the college that issues the degree certificate, it's Pune University.[4]

Political career[edit]

Munde got involved in politics when he met Pramod Mahajan, a friend and colleague in the college.[5] As a member of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, he took part in the agitation against the state of emergency imposed by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. He was incarcerated in the Nashik central jail until the Emergency was lifted.

In 1971, he associated with the campaign of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh candidate in the Lok Sabha election in the Beed constituency.[citation needed] He attended the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's Shiksha Varga (Training Camp) held in Pune that year. He soon became the Sambhajinagar Mandal Karyavah, looking after half a dozen shakhas of the RSS, and subsequently, the in-charge of its Pune City Students' Cell. Later, he was made a member of the executive committee of the city RSS.[citation needed] The Janata Party by this time had split, and the Bharatiya Janata Party, founded by the leaders the erstwhile Bharatiya Jana Sangh had come into existence. Munde was made President of the Maharashtra unit of the BJP's youth wing, the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha.

Vidhan Sabha[edit]

He was Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha from 12 December 1991 to 14 March 1995. Munde was sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra when Manohar Joshi-led government took over the reins of the state on 14 March 1995.[5]

Lok Sabha[edit]

Munde served as a member of the 15th Lok Sabha (2009–2014), representing the Beed constituency.[6][7] In 2014, Munde again won the Lok sabha election from Beed Constituency by margin of 140,000 votes. Subsequently, on 26 May 2014, he was appointed as Minister of Rural Development in the cabinet of Prime minister Narendra Modi.[8]

BJP Election Campaign meet including Gopinath Munde (second from right)

Personal life[edit]

His father Pandurangrao and mother Limbabai, struggled against heavy odds and did not spare any efforts to provide education for him. After the death of his father in 1969, his brothers took care of his education. He is the third child in the family.

His family includes Sister Saraswati Karad. She is followed by his elder brother Pandit Anna, who is actively involved in social and political work. He supports in assembly constituency, Renapur. He was the third child in the family. He was followed by younger brothers, Manikrao and Venkatrao . Both of them stay in Parali to take care of the farm.

His wife Pradnya is a graduate and she is a housewife. He met during his college days at Ambajogai. her elder brother Pramod Mahajan (Information and Broadcasting Minister in the Atal Behari Vajpayee government) was his senior in the college.

Her eldest daughter Pankaja has passed out from Ruia College, Mumbai, in 1999. She took up Master's programme in Business Administration, now present M.L.A. in Maharashtra assembaly . Pritam, his second daughter. She is a doctor and she is presently M.P. of his father's seat,vacant after his sudden death . Yashashri, the youngest daughter, She is studying in Mumbai. [3]


Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays homage to his colleague Munde.

Munde met with a road accident in the early morning of 3 June 2014, while on his way to Delhi airport. He was going for his first official meeting after taking the post. [9] The accident took place near Aurobindo Marg in South Delhi[10] where his car was hit by an overspeeding cab. He was immediately rushed to the AIIMS hospital but later went into cardiac arrest. He was administered CPR but could not be resuscitated and was declared dead at 7.20 a.m.[11]

Munde suffered cervical fractures due to which supply of oxygen to his brain was cut off. Further, his liver was ruptured due to impact of accident[12] According to the prelimanary post mortem report, his liver ruptured due to the accident leading to cardiac arrest.[13] Later the doctors said that his death occurred maybe due to heart attack.

His funeral was held at 2pm on 4 June 2014 at his native place Parali Vaijenath near Beed. Pankaja Munde, Gopinath Munde's daughter performed the last rites to her father.[14]

Gurvinder Singh, a 32-year-old from Punjab, resides in Mehrauli, was driver of the Tata Indica which hit Gopinath Munde's SX-4 car.[15] Singh was arrested under sections 279 (rash and negligent driving) and 304A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code.


  1. ^ "Interview : Gopinath mundeHe". Rediff. 
  2. ^ "Indian minister dies in car accident". PressTV. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Sarkar, Sonia (3 July 2011). "The non-Brahmins in the party feel they are being ignored'". Telegraph. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  4. ^ a b BJP's Gopinath Munde defends his degree, says University issued it, not college
  5. ^ a b "The Biography of BJP Leader Gopinath Munde". 
  6. ^ "Childhood". Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "Fifteenth Lok SabhaGopinath Pandurang profile". delhi: National Informatics Centre. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Gopinath Munde takes oath as Cabinet Minister". Economics Times. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Gopinath Munde passes away following road accident in Delhi". FirstPost. 3 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "Exact sequence of Gopinath Munde's accident". ABP Live. 3 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "Union Minister Gopinath Munde dies in a road accident in Delhi". IANS. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Union Minister Gopinath Munde dies after car crash; Modi says his demise leaves a void". Indian Express. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "Gopinath Munde died of cardiac arrest, says Post Mortem Report". IANS. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  14. ^ [1] Lighting her father's pyre: How Pankaja Munde made history, Firstpost. India
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Preceded by
Jairam Ramesh
Minister of Rural Development (India)
26 May 2014 – 3 June 2014
Succeeded by
Nitin Gadkari
Preceded by
Ramrao Adik
Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra
19 March 1995 – 17 October 1999
Succeeded by
Chhagan Bhujbal
Preceded by
Minister of Home Affairs, Maharashtra
19 March 1995 – 17 October 1999
Succeeded by
Chhagan Bhujbal