Biography of Loknete Gopinathji Munde
Late, Shri Gopinath Pandurang Munde (December 12, 1949 – June 3, 2014) was a great visionary and politician. As the Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, he played significant role at State and National level for up-liftment of all socio-economic classes of people. Shri Gopinath Pandurang Munde was Member of Maharashtra’s Legislative Assembly (MLA) also for five terms and the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly during 1992–1995. Munde served the State as Deputy Chief Minister also.
Munde was born in Maharashtra on December 12, 1949, to Limbabai and Pandurang Munde in a middle class farmer’s family.
He was part of the students’ movement during the college days but got involved in politics only when he met Shri Pramod Mahajan, a friend and colleague in the college. As a member of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, he actively participated 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 was associated with the campaign of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh candidate in the Lok Sabha election in the Beed constituency and attended the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s Shiksha Varga (Training Camp) held in Pune . Munde was assigned the responsibility of being the President of the Maharashtra unit of the BJP’s Youth Wing, the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha.
After a long journey of State and National level politics, he was elected to Loksabha during Elections held in 2014.
However, unfortunately, Munde, while on his way to Delhi Airport, met with a road accident in the early morning of June3, 2014. With his sad demise, a long journey of people’s representation had come to an end. His funeral was held on 4 June 2014 at his native place Parali Vaijnath in district of Beed.
This tragic incidence has left a permanent vacuum in the politics of Maharshtra and the Nation.