Finally, the disgruntled BJP leader Eknath Khadse has decided to join the NCP on Friday. It’s good that he is joining the NCP as he is virtually damaging the BJP by making allegations against its senior leaders, including the former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.
“Eknath Khadse has informed us that he had resigned from all posts in the BJP. We will now induct him into our party,” Maharashtra NCP president Jayant Patil said. On the other hand, Khadse said, “I resigned because of the ill-treatment meted in the organisation. I hold Devendra Fadnavis responsible for ruining my political career in BJP.”
But the real question is that Khadse, who once the number one BJP leader in the state after the demise of Gopinath Munde and emerged as number two during the regime of Fadnavis, would get the similar status in the NCP in coming days.
A senior NCP leader, who preferred anonymity, said that there is no scope to offer him a ministerial position in the Uddhav Thackeray cabinet. “We can now maximum accommodate him as one of MLCs of the state legislative council,” he quipped. Now what type of benefits Khadse would get from the NCP in coming days as he would at number five or six in the hierarchy of NCP after Sharad Pawar, Praful Patel, Ajit Pawar and Supriya Sule.
On the other hand, the state BJP was not at all worried about his departure. “We have received Khadse’s resignation from party’s primary membership. Out best wishes to him for his future roadmap,” said the BJP spokesperson Keshav Upadhya. Hours after senior BJP leader in Maharashtra Eknath Khadse quit the party, Maharashtra BJP President Chandrakant Patil recalled that Khadse had earlier said, whatever happens, he will not take this step.
Eknath Khadse, who was a minister in the previous BJP-Shiv Sena government in Maharashtra, had been upset since 2016, when he was made to resign over allegations of corruption. There had been speculation in the last few days that he may quit the BJP and join the Sharad Pawar-led party.
However, a seizable section from BJP and its outside feel that Khadse’s departure would not affect the party. Instead, it’s good that he has left the organisation as he was damaging the party by making allegations against the party leadership.