Senior chief Eknath Khadse, upset at not being nominated by his occasion for the Maharashtra Legislative Council polls, on Tuesday dubbed the event a “conspiracy” by sure leaders and launched a frontal assault on state unit chief Chandrakant Patil.
The BJP has been holding Mr Khadse at arm’s size since 2016 when he was made to resign as a minister within the then BJP authorities headed by Devendra Fadnavis over allegations of corruption.
He was denied a ticket within the October 2019 Assembly elections from his dwelling turf Muktainagar in Jalgaon district.
Though the BJP fielded his daughter, she misplaced to a Shiv Sena insurgent.
Struggling to maintain himself politically related, Eknath Khadse had hoped that he could be nominated on one of many 4 seats from the BJP’s quota for the May 21 polls to 9 council seats.
However, the occasion denied nominations not solely to Eknath Khadse, but in addition to different senior leaders like Pankaja Munde, Vinod Tawde and Chandrashekhar Bawankule.
Most of them are believed to be detractors of former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.
“This is a conspiracy against people like me who have served the party for 40 years and others by some 4-5 state leaders who are misleading central leadership,” Mr Khadse stated.
He accused state BJP president Chandrakant Patil of reneging on his promise of fielding then Kothrud MLA Medha Kulkarni within the MLC polls.
Ms Kulkarni was denied a ticket within the meeting polls to make approach for Mr Patil to contest from her constituency in Pune.
“Had her name appeared in the list of BJP nominees, I would have felt nice. This simply means that Mr Patil did not keep his words. However, after nominating NCP’s ex-Rajya Sabha MP Ranjitsinh Mohite-Patil, the same Chandrakant Patil says that he had kept his words,” Mr Khadse stated.
The former minister stated he was attempting to contact Devendra Fadnavis, the Leader of Opposition within the Assembly, and Chandrakant Patil to search out out why he and the others have been ignored.
Mr Fadnavis and Mr Khadse do not take pleasure in an excellent political rapport.
Eknath Khadse claimed that he knew, by advantage of being a member of the state BJP parliamentary committee, that he could be nominated for MLC polls.
“However, going by the dates of the documents filed by four candidates of the party, it is clear that they knew about their nomination to the Legislative Council in advance,” he claimed.
Eknath Khadse additionally claimed that many of the BJP nominees had written to native authorities searching for no-dues certificates in March itself.
“Against this background, there was no need for our party colleagues to lie to us that I and other leaders would be recommended to the Central committee as prospective nominees,” he stated.
The elections to 9 seats are set to be unopposed with solely as many candidates submitting their nominations.