BJP has set a precedent by fielding non-active member: Eknath Khadse


Former Maharashtra minister Eknath Khadse, who quit the Devendra Fadnavis ministry after a series of allegations, has today, in a veiled attack, targeted the BJP leaders for nominating Chandu Patel for the upcoming Legislative Council elections.

Eknath Khadse

Khadse’s close aide, Gurumukh Jagwani, a sitting legislator, has been denied BJP ticket for the 19 November polls from the Jalgaon local body, which the latter now represents.

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“Till now, an active member used to be given party nomination for polls. Chandu Patel is a builder by profession and was never an active (BJP) member. The party has set a new precedent,” Khadse told PTI.

“There was a demand that the Sindhi community (to which Jagwani belongs), should be given a representation. That is why, there was a demand to field Jagwani,” he said.

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Asked if his remarks were directed against any specific party leader, Khadse said, “I will abide by the party decision.”

BJP has nominated Chandu Patel, a builder, considered close to Khadse’s arch rival Girish Mahajan, the Water Resources Minister in the Fadnavis government.

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The electoral college for the polls, comprising elected representatives from Jalgaon municipality and the local zilla parishads and panchayat samitis, has 550 voters, with BJP enjoying a comfortable majority.

Legislative Council elections from five other local bodies, including Yavatmal, Sangli-Satara, Pune, Nanded, and Gondia-Bhandara are also scheduled to take place on 19 November.

(With inputs from PTI)


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