Eknath Khadse resigns over land scam allegations


New Delhi : Eknath Khadse, the revenue minister in the BJP-led government in Maharashtra, has resigned after allegations of impropriety against him in a land deal in Pune. The resignation has come minutes after Khadse met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Earlier today, Khadse visited CM Fadnavis at his Varsha bungalow in Mumbai and held serious discussion with him amid speculation of losing his ministerial birth over twin charges of wrongdoing in a land deal and links with Dawood.

The party feels there has been “impropriety” in the purchase of land reportedly acquired by state-owned MIDC at a throwaway price. The three-acre plot was bought in names of Khadse’s wife Mandakini and son-in-law Girish Chaudhari for Rs 3.75 crore when the market rate was nearly Rs 30 crore. Khadse has said he bought the land from a private party and paid stamp duty on the market value. Besides the land deal, Khadse is also under the scanner after his mobile number reportedly appeared in the call records of fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim.

The BJP's ally Shiv Sena and social worker Anna Hazare have been mounting pressure for Khadse's resignation. Fadnavis had earlier met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah in New Delhi on Thursday. A report was also submitted to the party’s central leadership on the issue.