Other States

Former Maharashtra BJP leader Eknath Khadse joins NCP

Former BJP leader Eknath Khadse (left) with NCP chief Sharad Pawar waving to supporters after joining party.   | Photo Credit: Vivek Bendre

Former Maharashtra BJP leader Eknath Khadse on Friday joined the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in the presence of the party’s chief Sharad Pawar.

Sulking since his unceremonious exit from the Devendra Fadnavis-led Ministry in 2016 over land grab allegations, Mr. Khadse (68) on Wednesday quit the BJP. The same day, State NCP chief Jayant Patil announced he would be joining the Pawar-led party.

NCP is part of the ruling alliance in the State along with Shiv Sena and Congress, whose Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government assumed office 11 months ago. Mr. Khadse, former Maharashtra Revenue Minister and also an former Leader of Opposition in State Assembly, was inducted into the NCP at the party’s head office in Mumbai.

The leader, who flew to Mumbai on Thursday from his native Jalgaon district in north Maharashtra, was in political wilderness during the last four years, though he quit the BJP only two days ago.

Mr. Khadse’s formal entry into NCP, scheduled at 2 p.m., was delayed by over an hour as Pawar was in a meeting with party Minister Jitendra Awhad. Jayant Patil welcomed Mr. Khadse in the party, by offering him a scarf.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Mr. Khadse had blamed Mr. Fadnavis for “trying to destroy his life” and political career, over three decades of it spent in strengthening the BJP in Maharashtra.

Responding to the charges levelled by Mr. Khadse against him, Mr. Fadnavis (50) had said his former BJP colleague was speaking “half truth”, adding Mr. Khadse had painted him a villain while making the allegations against him.

  1. Comments will be moderated by The Hindu editorial team.
  2. Comments that are abusive, personal, incendiary or irrelevant cannot be published.
  3. Please write complete sentences. Do not type comments in all capital letters, or in all lower case letters, or using abbreviated text. (example: u cannot substitute for you, d is not 'the', n is not 'and').
  4. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.
  5. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name, to avoid rejection.

Printable version | Dec 2, 2020 7:26:22 AM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/former-maharashtra-bjp-leader-eknath-khadse-joins-ncp/article32929437.ece

Next Story