Maharashtra most senior and revenue minister Eknath Khadse has on Saturday resigned as he was facing twin charges of an illicit land deal and alleged connection with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.
Khadse’s resignation came after Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP President, Amit Shah, in the national capital late on Thursday night.
Fadnavis had said, “I have submitted a factual report to Amit Shah on Khadse. The party will take necessary action.”
Khadse reportedly said that he will quit public life if the charges against him were proven to be true.
At one place Modi government is celebrating its two years of ruling and claiming to have given corruption-free government, but after the allegation has came into highlight of his parties senior leader, the government is facing setback.
There were allegations that a government-owned land was sold in April to Khadse’s wife and son-in-law for about four crores, when the market value of the plot was reportedly Rs 30 crores.
Khadse, for his part denied all allegations saying 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.
After submitting his resignation to Maharshatra CM, Eknath Khadse said in a press conference that I have been in politics for 40 years now, and I have never seen such kind of a media trial.
No one has been able to give any proof till now, he added.