Mumbai: Quitting the Bharatiya Janata Party, subsequent to staying in the political wilderness for more than four years, senior head Eknath Khadse on Wednesday stated that he was “leaving only because of Devendra Fadnavis“.
Destined to join the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi companion Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Friday, Khadse said that he was targeted by the then Chief Minister and current Leader of Opposition Fadnavis on trumped-up allegations which as of yet have still not been proven.
Khadse told media persons soon after resigning as a BJP essential member, “My family and I have been humiliated for four years… I had worked hard to build up the party in the state for 40 years and this is what I had to go through.”
Clarifying that he had no grouse against the BJP central initiative, Khadse said that aside from state President Chandrakant Patil, no BJP head has called me up so far.
Made to quit as a minister in June 2016 after corruption allegations when he was the de facto No. 2 in the cabinet directed by Fadnavis, he was refused from a BJP ticket in the 2019 Assembly elections.
Khadse brought up that from that point forward (his resignation), “no party, including Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party or Congress has ever demanded any investigations against me”, despite that he was humiliated for several years in the BJP.
Khadse stated, “So many agencies probed me, but nothing came out… Then one lady leveled some molestation charges against me to which Fadnavis asked that an FIR should be lodged against me… This was the low-level politics played against me.”
Amongst the biggest BJP heads in the state with tremendous grassroots support, Khadse, 68, comes from Muktainagar, Jalgaon, and his little daughter-in-law Raksha Nikhil Khadse has been chosen twice as BJP Lok Sabha MP (2014-2019) from Raver parliamentary seat.
Respected as a proficient administration and speaker, Khadse was prepped by the late Pramod Mahajan and Gopinath Munde and is presently expected to deflect the Opposition Fadnavis-drove BJP’s attacks on the MVA government directed by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
Having once guided Fadnavis in administrative legislative issues, Khadse was amusingly skirted by the focal initiative when the gathering cleared the 2014 authoritative decisions and picked Fadnavis to lead the legislature.
From that point forward, they experienced in an uncomfortable relationship that eventually prompted Fadnavis to ask Khadse — who represented the Muktainagar assembly seat from 1989 till 2019 — to quit the cabinet in 2016.
State NCP president and Minister Jayant Patil reported that Khadse would join the party on Friday evening, and alongside him, numerous other BJP activists and administrators are probably going to follow suit in the coming days.
Inviting the turn of events, Shiv Sena head Kishore Tiwari stated, “Khadse is a very popular mass-based OBC leader and his departure will prove costly for the BJP and Fadnavis.”
Tiwari brought up, “He is among the few leaders who served as a minister in the Shiv Sena-BJP government of 1995-1999, as Leader of Opposition from 2009-2014, and again as a minister when the BJP-Sena regime took over in 2014, till his exit from the cabinet in mid-2016.”
Planning to mollify him after denying a polling ticket, in 2019, the BJP fielded his daughter Rohini Khadse-Khevalkar, yet she lost the polls, after which his (Khadse’s) supporters charged Fadnavis with engineering her fiasco.