Why Fadnavis is silent over Khadse’s removal from cabinet: Shiv Sena

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Shiv Sena on Thursday demanded chief minster Devendra Fadnavis to clarify his stand on Maharashtra revenue minister Eknath Khadse’s ouster over allegations of wrongdoings and reminded ally BJP of its promise of a corruption-free rule.
The BJP, however, retorted saying the Sena should stop interfering in its internal affairs and that the party leadership was capable of taking a call on the issue.
“Eknath Khadse is a senior leader of the BJP and at a time when allegations are being leveled against him, he is the only one answering everybody. The chief minister is not speaking on the issue at all,” Sena MP Sanjay Raut told reporters.
“The CM should immediately speak on the issue. The BJP, before coming to power, had promised of corruption-free governance and today serious allegations are being levelled against its leader. There seems to be inconsistency in the promises made by the BJP,” he said.
Raut said if Khadse has not done anything wrong, the CM should come forward and say so.
“The BJP should maintain moral standards. We will take a stand on the issue once the CM speaks on the demand for Khadse’s resignation,” he said. BJP spokesperson Madhav Bhandari, however, said that party president Raosaheb Danve has already backed Khadse over the issue.
“The Sena should stop advising the BJP and stop interfering in our internal matters. We have already taken a clear stand on Khadse and the BJP leadership is capable enough to take the necessary decision over the issue,” he said.
Khadse has found himself embroiled in a series of controversies over allegations of impropriety in purchase of a Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation land in Pune and alleged calls from fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim’s residence to his mobile.

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