After Eknath Khadse’s resignation, the Opposition parties in the state demanded action, including a judicial probe, into allegations against the senior BJP leader, on Saturday. They were also seen in a race to seek credit for the resignation.
State Congress president Ashok Chavan demanded a judicial probe in to allegations of impropriety and conflict of interest, levelled against Khadse, and in to allegations that underworld don Dawood Ibrahim had allegedly made phone calls to him.
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“He (Khadse) should have resigned much earlier. He did not step down on his own volition, but was forced to resign,” Chavan said. Prithviraj Chavan, another former chief minister, said Khadse’s resignation was inevitable. However, senior Congress leader and former Maharashtra chief minister Narayan Rane struck a discordant note by chiding the Bharatiya Janata Party. He said leaders from the backward classes were being targeted in the party. Rane said that Khadse shouldn’t have been made to resign without facing a probe, but other leaders in the Congress claimed this was Rane’s personal opinion. The Congress has now demanded criminal charges be slapped against Khadse for ‘misuse of public office’.
The Nationalist Congress Party however said that the resignation was not enough and demanded a probe. The Aam Aadmi Party issued a press communication, claiming it was its follow-up on the allegations that did Khadse in. The Congress, too, claimed credit.