Maharashtra minister Eknath Khadse resigns

Mumbai: Beleaguered Maharashtra's revenue minister Eknath Khadse, who was reportedly facing allegations of dubious land deals and suspected underworld links, submitted his resignation to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis here on Saturday.

Earlier, Khadse met CM Fadnavis at his house in Mumbai and apparently had discussion with him amid speculation of losing his ministerial post over the charges.

Khadse, a senior BJP leader and considered number two in the Cabinet, has been in focus over the purchase of a three-acre Maharashtra Industrial Development Corp land in Pune. He reportedly purchased it at a low price of around Rs 3.75 crore from its original owner in the name of his wife and son-in-law.

Meanwhile, Congress has demanded an unbiased investigation into the matter.

Earlier, Fadnavis met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah on Thursday over the issue and filed a report to Shah on the allegations against Khadse.

BJP was facing pressure from its own ally Shiv Sena apart from Congress and Aam Aadmi Party for taking action against Khadse.

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