Senior Maharashtra BJP leader Eknath Khadse shares Congress stage, hints saffron party is forcing him to quit

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New Delhi | Published: January 26, 2018 12:09:04 PM

The senior BJP leader taunted BJP in a poetic manner, saying meant he stood like a criminal in the company of those friends with whom he earlier lived as a friend. The BJP on their part said Khadse will not be included in the state Cabinet until he was absolved of all corruption charges, said the report

 Eknath Khadse, BJP, Maharashtra, Congress, ChavanSenior Maharashtra BJP leader Eknath Khadse shares Congress stage, hints saffron party is forcing him to quit

Senior BJP leader Eknath Khadse attended a function in his hometown Jalgaon in Maharashtra on Thursday where he shared the stage with Congress leaders. Khadse warned that he should not be forced to quit the BJP. The senior BJP leader was given an invitation by Maharashtra Congress President Ashok Chavan to join their party. According to an Indian Express report, Khadase said he would like to clarify that he will not leave BJP. But he accused BJP leaders of forcing him to leave the party. Khadse is under probe for an alleged corruption case involving Pune MIDC land deal. “First tell me what is my crime. And if I have committed a crime, put me in prison. But why am I being punished without any mistake,” Khadse was quoted as saying by the Indian Express.

The senior BJP leader taunted BJP in a poetic manner, saying meant he stood like a criminal in the company of those friends with whom he earlier lived as a friend. The BJP on their part said Khadse will not be included in the state Cabinet until he was absolved of all corruption charges, said the report. The scam is being probed by Anti-corruption Bureau. As far as Congress is considered, state president Chavan said the party has decided to open doors for Khadse. He is welcome to be part of the Congress.

According to the Indian Express report, Khadse was non-committal about joining the Congress. Earlier, Khadse was invited by NCP leaders as well to join their party. BJP state president Raosaheb Danve said, “The BJP holds Khadse in highest reverence and values his contribution to the organisation. There are some issues pending against Khadse, which if cleared, would help us reinstate him.” The report added that Dhanve was sure that Khadse will not quit the BJP. On Khadse stepping down from the Cabinet, Dhanve said that it was his own decision following charges of corruption leveled by the Congress-NCP.

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