After getting in a soup over alleged phone calls to Dawood Ibrahim, former Maharashtra minister and BJP veteran Eknath Khadse has said that the whole country would “shake” if he opened his mouth.
Addressing a group of supporters in his home constituency in Jalgaon, he took potshots at Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, saying he took the “bold step” of snapping ties with the Shiv Sena before the last Assembly election, as a result of which the CM in the state is of the BJP.
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Eknath Khadse had earlier this month resigned from the BJP-led Devendra Fadnavis government in Maharashtra over a series of allegations including an illicit land deal and allegedly receiving calls from fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim in Pakistan.
However, the BJP has backed the senior leader and rejected both allegations. The crime branch of the Mumbai Police too had earlier said that the allegation had no substance.
The state government had ordered a judicial probe into the allegations, which Khadse had called baseless.
However, Khadse’s allegations have evoked sharp response from the opposition. Congress spokesperson Al-Nasser Zakaria said, “There have long been allegations against Eknath Khadse that he has links with Dawood Ibrahim. He has himself now said he has information that can ‘shake’ the country. In all probability he has got crucial information from either Dawood or through some other terror outfit which he is in touch with, and the ATS should immediately take him into custody and get the information.”
NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said, “Eknath Khadse has always been saying he does not speak without valid proof. Today when he says he has information, we have no reason to disbelieve that he is talking of something very serious that he has got his hands on, either through his conversations with Dawood or somebody else.”