Eknath Khadse resigns from BJP, says Fadnavis destroyed his life

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Eknath Khadse resigns from BJP
Eknath Khadse resigns from BJP

Mumbai : Senior political leader Eknath Khadse on Wednesday announced his resignation from Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP), to join National Congress Party (NCP), and blamed former Maharashtra Chief Minister for his exit, saying he "destroyed his life".

"Devendra Fadnavis destroyed my life. I spent four years in mental tension. I repeatedly said in my speeches that you are forcing me out of the party. I feel sad about quitting the BJP but I had no choice. There were attempts to frame me on false charges of rape," Eknath Khadse said today.

Eknath Khadse, who had been a BJP minister from a long time, was upset from the party when he was asked to resign over corruption charges in 2016.

"Eknath Khadse will join NCP at 2 pm on Friday...this will strengthen the NCP," Jayant Patil, the state NCP chief and Maharashtra minister, told reporters today.

Since past few days, there was a buzz that he may resign from BJP and join the Sharad Pawar-led party. Devendra Fadnavis had scoffed at the buzz and said: "This kind of mahurat (auspicious time) is being talked about every day and I will not speak on it."

The hopes to see him back in BJP died last year when he was dropped as a candidate for last year's Maharashtra election. His daughter Rohini Khadse was fielded instead, but she lost.

After the BJP failed to retain power in Maharashtra, Mr Khadse had been among a section of leaders who were openly critical of the way the party - read Mr Fadnavis -- handled the polls.