Maharashtra BJP chief rules out action against Khadse

RSTV Bureau
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File photo of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis,

Amid a host of allegations against the Maharashtra Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse, the party state chief has ruled out any action against the minister until charges are proved.

“The party has adopted a cautious approach towards allegations. We believe that there is no substance in them,” said the BJP State president.

The BJP state unit president Raosaheb Danve who is touring in Jalna termed allegations against Khadse as “political” in nature.

Maintaining that Khadse would face action if the allegations against him are proved in a court of law, Danve said there was “no pressure from the party high command” to remove him from the state cabinet.

“The chief minister submitted his report to Shah. But that does not necessarily mean that the report was against Khadse. It could be in his favour also,” Danve said when asked about Devendra Phadanvis meeting party president Shah in Delhi.

On Thursday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s meet with BJP’s national president Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and submitted a report.

“Party will decide appropriate action,” the Chief Minister told reporters after meeting Amit Shah.

Anti-corruption activist Anjali Damania (centre) stages a hunger strike demanding the resignation of Maharashtra Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse, in Mumbai. Photo-PTI

Anti-corruption activist Anjali Damania (centre) stages a hunger strike demanding the resignation of Maharashtra Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse, in Mumbai.
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Eknath Khadse is in a spot over the purchase of a three-acre Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation land in Bhosari allegedly 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.

But, Eknath Khadse has denied all these allegations and said he would abide by the party decision in his case. He has not been attending cabinet meetings ever since the controversy came to light and moved to his home town Jalgaon.

“I will follow my party’s instructions and will abide by its decisions,” said Khadse.