CONTROVERSY related to former state revenue minister Eknath Khadse that led to his resignation has now cast its shadow on the two-day BJP state executive meeting which started Saturday.
Giving a clean chit to the senior BJP leader, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis urged the party cadre to aggressively take on those defaming Khadse and the BJP.
“There is no substance in the allegations against Khadse. He has resigned from the state cabinet. He is facing an inquiry on the issue and will soon come out clean,” said Fadnavis.
The ministers in the previous state government of the Congress-NCP alliance should return land grabbed during their tenure and then make allegations against the present government, said Fadnavis.
“The Opposition is targetting the state ministers. Khadse would come out clean and I will not speak more as enquiry is going on.”
The chief minister said that he was clarifying the stand on the allegations of land grabbing against Khadse and state BJP chief Raosaheb Danve to ensure that there was no confusion among party workers on the same.
“The Opposition has launched a campaign to defame the BJP leaders through false allegations. The BJP workers should not remain quiet and should hit back against those making corruption allegations,”
Fadnavis added that the Opposition was trying to put pressure on the state government to hide their own corrupt practices.
The chief minister said that the state government would expose the corruption of the Congress and NCP leaders who did not have any moral authority to make allegations against the present government.
He also asked party workers to put all their might in the forthcoming civic polls to change the face of Maharashtra by getting the party in power in the local civic bodies.
After inaugurating the two-day state executive meet, Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu said that Khadse had set a good example by resigning from the state cabinet and facing the enquiry on the allegations against him.
During the opening ceremony, Khadse was present on the dias and shared a chair along side the chief minister.
Others present on the occasion were Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, Union Economic Affairs Minister Piyush Goyal, Raosaheb Danve, other state ministers, MPs and MLAs, party office bearers.