MUMBAI: Senior politician and former BJP leader Eknath Khadse officially joined the NCP, in presence of party supremo Sharad Pawar, in Mumbai today.
The action that drew the ire of many, was also not received well by Union Minister Raosaheb Danve, who hit out at his former party colleague and termed him as 'not an original BJP worker'.
Danve's statement comes two days after he praised Khadse for his contribution towards building the BJP in the state and also for his "long career" in the party.
Maharashtra: Eknath Khadse joins NCP (Nationalist Congress Party), in presence of party chief Sharad Pawar in Mumbai. pic.twitter.com/43aKjIpCmW— ANI (@ANI) October 23, 2020
Khadse, who had been sulking since he was made to resign as a minister in 2016 in the then Devendra Fadnavis-led BJP government over corruption charges, left the saffron party on Wednesday.
Since his resignation as a minister, Khadse had largely been sidelined in his party. Maharashtra NCP chief and state minister Jayant Patil had on Wednesday said Khadse will join the Sharad Pawar-led party.
Talking to reporters, Danve said, "Khadse was part of the Congress(S) in the late 1970s. Sharad Pawar, who was a Congress leader then, had organized a rally from Jalgaon to Nagpur, in which Khadse had participated as a worker of that party.
"Khadse was never an original BJP worker. I am an original BJP worker and also senior to him," Danve added. He also refuted Khadse's charges that the state unit of the BJP has become "one man's organisation".
"I used to discuss several contentious issues with Devendra Fadnavis when he was chief minister.
Fadnavis even agreed to some of these issues, hence it is unfair to say that the BJP is being run by a single person," Danve said.(THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS)