Gopinath Pandurang Munde was an Indian politician from Maharashtra. He was a senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He was a Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) for five terms during 1980-1985 and 1990-2009. He was also the Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly during 1992-1995. He has held the post of Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra in 1995-1999.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 as the Union Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj in Mr.Narendra Modiâ€™s cabinet. He passed away in the morning of 3rd June 2014 following a road accident in New Delhi.
Mundeeej was born in Parali, Maharashtra, on 12 December 1949, to Pandurang Munde and Limbabai Munde in a middle class Vanjari (caste) farmerâ€™s family.
Mundejeeâ€™s wife Pradnya is sister of Pramod Mahajan.His family included Sister Saraswati Karad. She is followed by elder brother Pandit Anna, who is actively involved in social and political work. He was third child in the family. He was followed by younger brothers, Manikrao and Venkatrao.
Mundejee has three daughters â€” Pankaja, Pritam and Yashashri. Pankaja is an MLA. Pritam is a doctor, and Yashashri is studying law.
Mundejee attended a government primary school, in Nathra village, Beed district where classes were conducted â€œunder a treeâ€. He later attended the Zilla Parishad high school in Parali. He obtained a BA in commerce from college in Ambejogai.Subsequently, he studied at the ILS College in Pune.
Mundejee got involved into Politics when he met Pramod Mahajan, a friend and colleague in the college. As a member of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, he took part in the agitation against the state of emergency imposed by the 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. He attended the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sanghâ€™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 Studentsâ€™ Cell. Later, he was made a member of the executive committee of the city RSS. 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 BJPâ€™s youth wing, the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha.
He was Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha from 12 December 1991 to 14 March 1995.Mundejee 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.
Munde served as a member of the 15th Lok Sabha (2009â€“2014), representing the Beed constituency.
Mundejee won 2014 Loksabha election from Beed Constituency by margin of 1.4 lacs. He defeated NCPâ€™s Suresh Dhas.Subsequently, he was appointed as Minister of Rural Development by Prime minister Mr.Narendra Modi.
Gopinath Mundejee met with a road accident at 6:30 AM of June 3, 2014, while on his way to the Delhi airport. Mundejeeâ€™s convoy met with an accident in the Moti Bagh area of South Delhi, which is near Delhi airport. Minister was on his way to Airport to leave to Mumbai. As per TV reports Mundejeeâ€™s car collided head on with another car and in the accident, the BJP leader sustained multiple head, chest and spinal injuries. The driver of the car has been taken into custody as per reports. He is said to have lost considerable amount of blood in the mishap. Mundejee, a diabetic patient, fell down from the car and asked to be taken to a hospital when his security guard helped him. Mundejee has suspected to have suffered a cardiac arrest and he was taken to the AIIMS Trauma Center where he passed away around 7.20 am.