Faced with charges of corruption in a Pune land deal and alleged phone calls to fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, Maharashtra Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse, finally resigned on June 4.
And nearly a day after his exit, 14 BJP corporators from Jalgaon City Municipal Corporation (JCMC) resigned in his support.
Khadse hails from Jalgaon district and had won from the Muktainagar constituency in the 2014 Maharashtra Assembly polls.
Khadse, who is active in politics for the last 40 years and till recently a chief ministerial aspirant, will now be the face of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Naa khaoonga, naa khaane doonga (I will neither take nor let anyone take a bribe)” remarks.
By cracking the whip on Khadse the state government would like to refurbish its image.
Serious allegation were put against Khadse in the under-valued land deal in Bhosari involving his wife and son-in-law in April this year. Moreover, other major allegations of corruption and misuse of office were enough to warrant investigation.
According to insiders, corporators loyal to Khadse felt that “the party had done injustice on Khadse” and that “the party did not support him”.