Snubbed by PM, Eknath Khadse returns from Delhi

Senior BJP leader Eknath Khadse, who stepped down recently as Revenue Minister following a string of allegations, yesterday made a futile bid to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval as well as senior party leaders in New Delhi.

Khadse is also facing a probe by ATS in connection with his mobile number purportedly figuring in the call records of the landline number of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's residence in Karachi.

However, barring Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, other senior party leaders declined the audience with the heavyweight politician from North Maharashtra who went to Delhi with the documents to present his case before the party leadership.

A state BJP leader said that Khadse tried to meet Modi who has returned from his five-nation tour, but without success.

“The party has already begun to groom Khadse’s arch rival in Jalgaon district and state Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan to head the party in the district,” he said.

BJP is now more concerned with ensuring the party’s victory in upcoming elections to Zilla Parishad, and Municipal Councils in Jalgaon district.

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