A defiant Eknath Khadse on Saturday vowed to quit politics if the corruption charges against him are proved and said he has resigned to clear the blot on his name.
“In a bid to frame me, documents have been forged. This is a cheap publicity stunt against me,” Khadse, 63, told reporters shortly after resigning as Maharashtra revenue minister.
Considered the number two in Devendra Fadnavis cabinet, Khadse is facing a slew of allegations including irregularities in a land deal in Pune and calls allegedly received from mob boss Dawood Ibrahim’s residence in Karachi on his mobile phone.
Accompanied by state BJP president Raosaheb Danve said he has become the “victim of a media trial”.
“Decisions taken in people’s favour hurt some selfish people. I did everything necessary to do the right thing,” Khadse said, adding that the charges are “a cheap publicity stunt”.
“I have worked for expansion of BJP for the last 40 years. If anyone can produce concrete proof against me, will quit politics,” Khadse said.
He accused of opposition of leveling charges without any proof.
The party also backed Khadse with Danve saying that the “BJP is a party of high moral ground” and that Khadse has resigned till his name is cleared.