Khadse row: BJP de­fers any ac­tion for a few days

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Suren­dra P Gan­gan suren­dra.gan­gan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A day af­ter high-level meet­ings in New Delhi and spec­u­la­tion about stern ac­tion against state rev­enue min­is­ter Ek­nath Khadse over the var­i­ous con­tro­ver­sies he is em­broiled in, the BJP lead­er­ship has re­port­edly de­ferred its de­ci­sion on the mat­ter for at least a few days.

The min­is­ter, who has been at an undis­closed lo­ca­tion, gave a video state­ment to IBN-Lok­mat on Fri­day even­ing, rub­bish­ing the al­le­ga­tions and terming it as a con­spir­acy against him. In the video, Khadse in­sisted he was busy pre­par­ing for a few ma­jor de­ci­sions to be taken in the cabi­net meeting sched­uled for next Tues­day.

On Thurs­day, in a meeting that lasted around 25 min­utes in New Delhi, PM Naren­dra Modi re­port­edly told CM Deven­dra Fad­navis to wait for a few days be­fore ini­ti­at­ing any ac­tion against Khadse. The party is tread­ing cau­tiously on the is­sue as it wants to avoid any ad­verse im­pli­ca­tions of any ac­tion against Khadse. It has not taken any ac­tion against min­is­ters such as Sushma Sawaraj or CMs of Ra­jasthan and Mad­hya Pradesh, or Ma­ha­rash­tra min­is­ters Pankaja Munde and Vinod Tawde, all of whom have faced al­le­ga­tions of wrong­do­ing. Fur­ther, Khadse en­joys sup­port in north Ma­ha­rash­tra and is also a prom­i­nent OBC leader in the state.

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