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Defiant Eknath Khadse finally resigns

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had submitted a report to Shah on the charges against Khadse
BJP leader Eknath Khadse (Photo: Sandeep Mahankal/IANS)

BJP leader and Maharashtra Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse has finally resigned after facing huge political pressure over the allegations that he received phone calls from underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and scandals over an illicit land deal.

On Friday, Khadse had tweeted, “As a responsible agriculture minister, I am focusing on farmers’ issues. Allow me to do my work, instead of clarifying on baseless and planned allegations. An appeal to media.”

Earlier, the BJP appeared to have prepared its mind to seek resignation of Maharashtra Revenue Minister, who is facing twin charges of an illicit land deal and alleged connection with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and also looking at the possibility of removing him in case he doesn’t follow the party line.

The development took place after Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah seperately over the issue.

He also submitted a report to Shah on the charges against Khadse.

“I have submitted a factual report on recent developments to Amit Shahji and also held discussions over the issue. Now, the party will direct us on further steps that need to be taken,” Fadnavis had said.

Later, he met the Prime Minister and discussed the situation.

Sources in the BJP said that party leadership is of the view that Khadse should resign from his post untill he is proved innocent.

The Congress had, on Friday, questioned the silence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue of charges against Maharashtra Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse and demanded his dismissal.

Khadse is facing twin charges of an illicit land deal and alleged connection with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.

“Modi Ji, your credibility is at stake. Take action against Khadse, dismiss him, register a case against him for misuse of office and take decisive action,” said Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala.

“People of Maharashtra and India demand that prime minister breaks his studied silence on the issue,” he added.

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