Maharashtra BJP’s senior leader Eknathrao Ganpatrao Khadse was one of the aspiring CM candidates after the death of Gopinath Munde. He had long desires for it as he is one of the prominent members of the party before the entry of people like Devendra Fadnavis. He is one of the great faces from Khandesh. Devendra Fadnavis from Vidarbha and Khadse are sworn enemies; they both are two opponents in one party. Nowadays, Khadse’s name randomly crops up in controversy and crime. Within a week, three controversies have been erupted on his name. First, his secretary was caught in accepting bribe, then his son-in-law’s luxury cars and now he is alleged for having connections with Fugitive Dawood Ibrahim. Surprisingly, AAP leader has alleged but none of the BJP leader spoke in Khadse’s defense. However, when Vinod Tawde’s degree row and Pankaja Munde’s Chikki scam surfaced, entire Maharashtra unit of the party were in war zone to fight the battle. By this entire saga, one can understand that there is someone who wanted to finish his political career.
Well, by this time we understand lot about the BJP. Some of its leaders are having no academic degrees, some are unelected freeloaders leeching taxpayers money, some are crooked zero credibility lawyers always scheming how to topple non-BJP governments. They have totally antagonized vast segments of the Indian voter due to various reasons. They have not delivered on even one promise they had made during elections, not sent even one corrupt politician to jail, not brought back even one dollar of stolen black money into the country. Forget about Khadse, there are much more skeletons that are going to tumble out of BJP’s cupboard. From Chikki to CCTV and irrigation, many more scams will make their ways out in public. BJP leaders will expose their own ministers in future.
Khadse was Finance Minister and later he was given additional charges of irrigation ministry portfolio in Shiv Sena – BJP government of 1995-99. He was elected six times from his constituency. He had taken various issues of Maharashtra and specifically some of the burning topic of the state to the assembly. He stands out in assembly session by his speech. He is prominent figure for addressing farmer’s issues. He started his political career from the university elections. One productive leader is highly ignored just because PM Modi wanted his puppets to rule the state on his behalf.
The Aam Aadmi Party demanded that the Maharashtra government conduct an enquiry into the claims that Khadse’s mobile number featured in the call logs of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s wife. It demanded that Khadse resign his post to ensure a fair investigation. The Mumbai police crime branch carried out a full data analysis of the number that the AAP alleged belonged to Khadse. Officials said they pulled out all details of the number. Earlier in the day, Khadse, already reeling from allegations of his aide being caught in a bribery case by the Anti-Corruption Bureau, issued a statement denying the AAP’s allegations.
Responding to the AAP allegation, Mumbai Police Commissioner declared to media that a full data analysis has confirmed that no calls were either made or received by the number in question to any Pakistan number during the specified period. Ethical hacker Mahesh Bhangale, who also addressed the press conference with the AAP, claimed that he procured the list of call details from the Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) by impersonating Mehjabeen Shaikh, Dawood’s wife and sought phone usage details from September 5, 2015 to April 6, 2016.
The list of the most-dialled numbers that he got had one U.K. number, four Dubai numbers and five Indian numbers.
Anyway, Mumbai cops gave him clean chit but it’s highly impossible to believe Mumbai Police under BJP control and CBI functioning under NDA. Nothing will come out. Is it being a BJP, MLAs or MPs is a certificate for honesty and integrity, while Congress MLAs or MPs are corrupt. However, will 9 MLAs those have switched over to BJP from Congress in Uttarkhand suddenly become honest and innocent. Netas are corrupt and will never be honest. BJP was claiming that they are not facing any corruption charges! But the news that one minister has connections with underworld don in Pakistan is the most serious thing to dismiss. Even Union Minister J P Nadda is also collecting money from pvt medical colleges to pass ordinance against NEET. If politicians hide their corruptions and illegal activities from public eye does it mean that there is no corruption?
Khadse is the senior most party leader and considered the second-in-command in the ministerial council after Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. If his name gets dragged in such a controversy, we have a reason to worry. However, CM of Maharashtra seems to be cool over entire issue as he can get rid of one opponent in party without many efforts. Two other BJP ministers—Rural Development Minister Pankaja Munde and Education Minister Vinod Tawde—were also in the dock over allegations of irregularities. Let’s see who survives in this politics, the corruption or cunning ministers.
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