Maharashtra: Revenue minister Eknath Khadse resigns after land deal allegations; slams ‘media trial’

Mumbai: Embattled Maharashtra Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse tendered his resignation to CM Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday after allegations over a land deal as well as calls from underworld don Dawood Ibrahim surfaced.

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However, BJP state chief Raosaheb Danve said that the minister had offered his resignation on “moral grounds” even though the allegations only sought to “malign the BJP”. He added that “BJP fully stands behind Khadse. All charges are baseless”.​ Eknath Khadse went on to say that he had never seen the kind of “media trial” in his 40 years in politics. “No one has been able to give any proof till now. I have requested the CM to investigate the issue. If you (media) have proof then you can also provide it,” Khadse said.

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Saturday’s development comes after Fadnavis met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi late on Thursday night, hours after he gave a report to BJP chief Amit Shah on Khadse.

Khadse presently holds 10 portfolios, including ministry of minorities welfare, ministry of animal husbandry and ministry of dairy development, among others.

He has been under the fire recently over a host of allegations including irregularities in a land deal in Pune and calls allegedly received from mob boss Dawood Ibrahim’s residence in Karachi on his mobile phone.

The senior BJP leader is considered “number two” in the Cabinet had earlier called the charges against him as baseless.

He has been facing the heat over the purchase of a three-acre Maharashtra Industrial Development Corp land in Pune 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. However, Khadse has maintained that the land was not owned by the government, that he bought it from a private party, and that he paid the stamp duty or tax on the market value of the plot which he says proves that the deal was above-board.

Meanwhile, his supporters have been staging protests.

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(With agency inputs)

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