KHADSE CAMP PRESSURISES BJP NOT TO ACT AGAINST HIM

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NEWS - Saurabh M Joshi saurabh.joshi@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUMBAI: State rev­enue min­is­ter and se­nior BJP leader Ek­nath Khadse, cur­rently in hot soup over al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion, is putting pres­sure on chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis and the party to not take any ac­tion against him. A group of elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the BJP, in­clud­ing Jal­gaon MP AT Patil and three leg­is­la­tors from the area, called on state BJP pres­i­dent Raosa­heb Danve in Mumbai and ex­pressed dis­con­tent over Khadse be­ing iso­lated within the party.

Khadse, who skipped the state cabi­net meet­ing on Tues­day, con­tin­ued to stay in his con­stituency in Jal­gaon district in north Ma­ha­rash­tra on Wed­nes­day. He spent most of his day meet­ing sup­port­ers and dis­cussing the sit­u­a­tion. This led to hec­tic po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­ity in Jal­gaon with Khadse sup­port­ers get­ting ag­gres­sive and is­su­ing a veiled threat to the party against tak­ing any ac­tion against him.

While Fad­navis and Danve have been main­tain­ing the party is with Khadse, other party lead­ers have cho­sen not to de­fend the be­lea­guered min­is­ter. BJP chief Amit Shah told the me­dia that Fad­navis has been deal­ing with the is­sue and will de­cide what to do about it.

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