Maharashtra Revenue Minister, Eknath Khadse, on Saturday was forced to resign from the cabinet amidst mounting pressure from opposition parties on corruption charges and alleged links with the underworld don, Dawood Ibrahim.
But the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party have stepped up their attack against the controversial politician saying that the resignation alone was not going to be enough.
“Only resignation will not do. We want a high level judicial inquiry into the scams involving Khadse. We don’t trust this government, which may sabotage the investigation,” Maharashtra Congress chief Ashok Chavan told PTI.
Chavan, a former chief minister, added, “It is good that he has resigned. But it is a delayed decision. The BJP had no option since the charges against Khadse like the MIDC land deal and Dawood call allegation are very serious in nature.”
Former AAP leader Anjali Damania, who has been on a hunger strike demanding Khadse’s resignation for the last three days, said that this was the initial victory for her after exposing Khadse’s wrongdoings.
She said, “I will continue my hunger strike till a time-bound inquiry is ordered against Khadse because there has been a trend that such leaders involved in corruption cases are politically rehabilitated by making them governors of other states.”
AAP national spokesperson Preeti Sharma Menon, who had first blown the lid off on Khadse’s links with Dawood, said, “We are relieved that finally, after he was totally exposed in past few weeks, BJP removed Khadse from office.”