Two days after Eknath Khadse resigned from his cabinet portfolio, NDA ally Shiv Sena on Monday said that Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had secretly worked to oust senior BJP leader Eknath Khadse from his government.
“Khadse might have thought that Devendra Fadnavis, a yesterday’s lad, would not understand politics. He thought he was the government. But he failed to know that this yesterday’s lad was packing the (fire) cracker with gunpowder,” Sena said its editorial in Saamana.
Saamana editorial said that ACB was behind Khadse’s personal assistant Gajanan Patil for the last six months and Khadse had no clue about it. Sena sought to know why Fadnavis did not once come forward to defend the senior BJP leader.
“Khadse is saying there is no proof against him and he will leave politics if he is proved guilty. Even Chhagan Bhujbal is saying the same thing in jail, Ashok Chavan, accused of Adarsh scam, too is saying the same thing. Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra is also saying he is innocent of the allegations levelled against him,” it said.
Shiv Sena’s comments on fadnavis came in after both Congress and Aam Admi Party attacked BJP government’s first corruption allegations since 2014.
Congress demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take “decisive action” against Khadse to prove his zero tolerance to corruption claim.
“We want a high level judicial inquiry into the scams involving Khadse. We don’t trust this government, which may sabotage the investigation,” said Maharashtra Congress chief Ashok Chavan.
Aam Admi Party national too joined in the attack on BJP, the party’s spokesperson Preeti Sharma Menon said, “Weare relieved that finally, after he was totally exposed in past few weeks, BJP removed Khadse from office.”
Khadse had resigned on Saturday in wake of a series of allegations including irregularities in a land deal in Pune. Following this, Fadnavis announced an inquiry by a retired high court judge into the allegations against Khadse, as sought by the senior leader himself.
The three-acre land in question belongs to Maharashtra Industrial Development Corp land in Pune which is allegedly bought over by khadse at a low price of around Rs 3.75 crore from its original owner in the name of his wife and son-in-law. The market value of the land is reportedly Rs 40 crore.
He is also alleged to receive calls from underworld Don Dawood Ibrahim’s residence in Karachi on his mobile phone.
Following this, Fadnavis announced an inquiry by a retired high court judge into the allegations against Khadse, as sought by the senior leader himself.