Maharashtra’s Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse is under pressure and has been receiving lot of flak over the recent revelations against him involving a massive scam involving purchase of MIDC land and more so for the phone calls made to India’s most wanted criminal Dawood Ibrahim. Eknath Khadse is a very prominent leader of the BJP and was even a potential Chief Ministerial candidate of Maharashtra.
1. Charge against Khadse – Telephonic exchanges between Dawood Ibrahim
That he had made many phone calls to Dawood Ibrahim (India’s most wanted criminal). The call records are out and verified by some journalists. According to the invoice made available by Pakistan Telecom Service, there were 7 phone calls spanning over a period of 3 months in 2015 and on March 2015 there was a call between Khadse and Dawood Ibrahim, the duration of the call was 5 min and 22 seconds.
Khadse’s response – Speaking to various media outlets Khadse has refuted the charge saying the whole phone call saga was being framed against him without any substance and also had hinted of a conspiracy against him.
2. Charge against Khadse – Buying of Government Land
Government land valued at 40 crores had been bought by the minister for 4 crores. Khadse’s response – Speaking to India Today, he had categorically refuted the charges and had claimed he brought the land using white money.
3. Charge against Khadse – Amassing disproportionate wealth
Khadse has been charged with amassing wealth of over Rs 10,000 crores during his time in politics.
Khadse’s response – Speaking to India Today, he had cited the humble beginnings of him and his family as a reason and also has refuted all these allegatations as baseless besides charging opposition leaders with defamation notices. Khadse has called himself as a “big man” and that being the reason for him being targeted unduly.
The Logical Indian requests Mr. Khadse to step down from power in the interests of a free and fair investigation. The central government and the Prime Minister should make their stance clear and respond to the allegations given the fact that, the allegations are very serious and involves India’s security. The BJP should take preliminary action on Khadse and ask him to step down until investigations are over. The allegations if true really exposes the menace of corruption among the political parties.