Senior Maharashtra minister Eknath Khadse’s resignation from the government has cast a shadow on his political career ahead.
Even as 63-year-old Khadse on Saturday appealed for speedy investigation to get his name cleared, it is unlikely that he will return to the political scenario and the government immediately.
Meanwhile, several theories regarding what Khadse plans to do next are already doing the rounds.
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Insiders in the BJP indicated, “The top leadership in the party will try to rehabilitate him and give him some important post when things calm down as he has considerable clout in North Maharashtra. Also, the party may placate his anger by offering some political forum to his family member.”
A senior BJP functionary said, “The party is likely to offer a council seat to Khadse’s daughter or wife. In December 2016, Gurumukh Jagwani’s term as member of state legislative council (MLC) will come to end. Jagwani hails from Jalgaon district, which Khadse’s home turf so most likely one of his family members might get it.”
Some others said that he might be chosen for a constitutional post and be made the governor of Maharashtra once the controversies die down.
Meanwhile, Khadse’s daughter-in-law Raksha Khadse is already representing the Lok Sabha from Raver constituency in North Maharashtra. The young Member of Parliament had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi just a couple of days ago to present Khadse’s case.
However, political managers within the party said, “While the party will try to ensure his rehabilitation depending on how the situation evolves. It would not compromise on its motto to get him back to Cabinet unless the corruption charges dealt with properly and probed into.”
They also indicated on Saturday that there are quite a few second rung leaders in North Maharashtra and that they all might take centre stage now.
For now, Fadnavis to retain Khadse’s portfolios
Hours after Eknath Khadse tendered his resignation, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said he will retain all portfolios held by the outgoing minister till the Cabinet expansion in second week of June.
Khadse held 10 portfolios in the Cabinet.
These included Revenue, Agriculture, Excise, Dairy development, Wakf, Minorities development, Animal husbandry, Fisheries, and Relief and rehabilitation departments.