Khadse’s hopes of mak­ing cab­i­net come­back un­likely to ma­te­ri­alise

NO EN­TRY: For­mer min­is­ter may not re­turn since there’s no like­li­hood of ex­pan­sion or reshuf­fle

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI -

Se­nior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and for­mer rev­enue min­is­ter Ek­nath Khadse will not re-in­ducted in the state cab­i­net in the near fu­ture. Khadse who had re­signed af­ter al­le­ga­tions of mis­use of of­fice in one of his fam­ily’s land deals, was hop­ing to make a come­back into the cab­i­net. Now there is lit­tle chance of his re-en­try into the state cab­i­net if a se­nior BJP min­is­ter is to be be­lieved.

The BJP party lead­er­ship is very clear on cer­tain is­sues and they are of the be­lief that no­body is in­dis­pens­able in the party.

A se­nior leader, who did not wished to be named, said, “How­ever se­nior and in­flu­en­tial and loyal a per­son may be to the party, if there has been mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of funds or mis­use of of­fice, the leader will have to bear the pun­ish­ment.”

When asked about a re­cent meet­ing where Chief Min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis had re­port­edly taken the non-per­form­ing min­is­ters to task, the min­is­ter said that per­for­mance eval­u­a­tion was a reg­u­lar and on­go­ing process.

Af­ter the reshuf­fle of the union cab­i­net, spec­u­la­tions re­gard­ing changes in the state cab­i­net too are rife. How­ever, the min­is­ter set aside all the spec­u­la­tions say­ing the party lead­er­ship feels there is no need for a reshuf­fle.

The cab­i­net reshuf­fle at the Cen­tre was es­sen­tially an ex­pan­sion as there was a need to fill the va­can­cies.

“There are no va­can­cies in the state cab­i­net as such and hence there is no like­li­hood

of any ex­pan­sion or reshuf­fle,” a min­is­ter said. With the new ap­proach that the party has adopted to­wards the elec­tions, there is also no like­li­hood of any change in the state cab­i­net team, he added.

The min­is­ter also re­sponded to spec­u­la­tion that se­nior Congress leader and for­mer Shiv Sena CM Narayan Rane

is ex­pected to join BJP and the state cab­i­net. He said that the is­sue had been prin­ci­pally cleared from BJP’s side and that the de­lay was from Rane’s side.

“He can be in­ducted into the cab­i­net within hours of his cross­ing over to BJP, the portfolio will be de­cided when­ever he joins the party,”said the min­is­ter.

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