Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis yesterday dismissed the allegations levelled by Aam Aadmi Party against his cabinet colleague Eknath Khadse as “unsubstantiated”. AAP spokesperson Preeti Sharma Menon on Saturday said that calls were made to Khadse’s mobile phone from underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s house in Karachi.
“The report of ATS chief is very clear. There are neither incoming nor outgoing international calls from the cell number of Eknath Khadse, neither to the fugitive (gangster) nor to anyone else. It is not proper to target a senior minister without substantiated evidence. We condemn such act (of levelling allegations by AAP) and expect that the standards in politics will be maintained,” said Fadnavis.
He was apparently referring to the Mumbai Police virtually giving a clean chit to Khadse in the matter. The CM’s rushing to the defence of the Revenue Minister assumes significance as the seniormost BJP member is viewed as a detractor of Fadnavis.