Uddhav Thackeray mocked BJP over the resignation of an old member from the party, Eknathji Khadse.
He also asked the party to reconsider its strategies as its foundation stones are coming off.
“When someone like Eknathji Khadse, who expanded the BJP’s base, leaves the party, then the BJP should think why its foundation stones are coming off when it is reaching the pinnacle of success,” the chief minister commented on Shiv Sena’s former ally.
“There is no point in reaching the pinnacle if the foundation stones are coming off,” he added.
Chief Minister Thackeray was speaking in Osmanabad where he took stock of the losses caused due to heavy rains and floods last week.
“Earlier, we (Shiv Sena) left the NDA, the Shiromani Akali Dal also left the alliance recently. Now Khadse is also not with the BJP. Hence, the BJP should think about it. Being an old friend of the BJP, it is my duty to alert them,” he concluded.
With this, Thackeray also extended a welcome to Khadse in Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi. The MVA consists of Shiv Sena, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party.
Eknathji Khadse’s Resignation
Khadse gave his resignation on Wednesday blaming the the former CM of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis as the reason. Fadnavis is now the leader of the opposition.
Eknathji Khadse accused Fadnavis for fabricating lies and false cases through the police.
““I have no grievances against any other leader from national or state leadership. I am upset with former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, who made the police fabricate false cases against me. One case of outraging the modesty of a woman was registered against me on the orders from Fadnavis who was then CM and home minister. Similarly, corruption cases in Bhosri land deal and cases by anti-corruption bureau were registered against me, though nothing came out of them. I urged my party leadership and Fadnavis on various platforms to give me reasons for the punishment, but I never got a reply,” he said while interacting with the media.
Eknathji Khadse will be joining the NCP on October 23.
State NCP Chief Jayant Patil said that Khadse had informed him beforehand that he had decided to leave the BJP. “Senior BJP leader Eknath Khadse, who has played a significant role in the growth of the BJP in Maharashtra, has decided to leave his party. He has informed me about his decision sometime back. This has paved the way for his induction in the NCP. Khadse will formally join the party on Friday afternoon,” Patil said.
Khadse was a revenue minister before he resigned in the face of corruption charges.