Eknath Khadse

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Eknathrao Ganpatrao Khadse
Member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly
for Muktainagar
Personal details
Born (1952-09-02) 2 September 1952 (age 64)
kothali village, Maharashtra, India
Nationality  Indian
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s) Mandatai Khadse
Children Nikhil Khadse (Son)
Sharda Chaudhari (Daughter)
Rohini Khewalkar (Daughter)
Website www.nathabhau.com

Eknathrao Ganpatrao Khadse (born 2 September 1952) is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party and was a prominent minister of the BJP administration in Maharashtra. He is fondly referred to as Nathabhau by the people who are close to him.

He was elected to the position of Opposition Leader in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly in November 2010.[1] He represents Muktainagar (Assembly constituency) in Jalgaon District of North Maharashtra. He was State Finance Minister and later additionally took on the responsibility as Agriculture Minister in the Shiv Sena/BJP government. He was elected six times from his constituency, and has been a prominent figure for farmers in the state of Maharashtra.[2]

On June 3, 2016, Eknath Khadse resigned as State Cabinet Minister after allegations of corruption and misuse of office were made against him.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Eknath Khadse is from Kothali village of Muktainagar tehsil of Jalgaon District. Khadse is prominent leader of Maharashtra. He has been elected Member of the Legislative Assembly of Maharashtra State, representing Muktainagar, since 1989. Khadse's father was a farmer. Khadse's native place is kothali, a village on the banks of Purna river, near Muktainagar. Khadse was a Sarpanch of Kothali village in 1987 and after that he became member of legislative assembly from Muktainagar constituency. Khadse worked to solve the questions of Maharashtra farmers and Muktainagar vidhansabha khsetra. He had handled both finance and irrigation portfolios in the Shiv Sena-BJP regime of 1995-99.Going by experience, having served as MLA for six terms, Mr Khadse is now the most senior leader in the Maharashtra party. He has been handling the post of leader of opposition of the State Assembly since November 2010. His son, Nikhil Khadase, committed suicide on 1 May 2013.Mr Khadse was also among front runners for the Maharashtra chief minister post after the 2014 assembly elections.[4][5][6]

Political career[edit]

  • Minister for Higher and Technical Education (June, 1995 to September, 1995)
  • Minister for Finance and Planning (September, 1995 to June, 1997)
  • Minister for Irrigation and Command Area Development (June, 1997 to October, 1999)
  • Leader of Opposition, Maharashtra Legislative Assembly (November, 2009 to August,2014)
  • Minister of Revenue,Agriculture,State Excise Government of Maharashtra (October,2014–June 2016)[7]

Corruption Charges and Resignation[edit]

Eknath Khadse resigned on June 3, 2016 after allegations of impropriety surfaced against him in a land deal in Pune. Khadse’s troubles had aggravated over the period after Pune-based realtor Hemant Gavande leveled serious charges of land grabbing against him. Gavande alleged that Khadse had misused his position as the State Revenue Minister to illegally execute sales deeds for a three-acre industrial plot at Bhosari in Pune District in the name of his wife and son-in-law. Khadse has denied the allegations and termed them as conspiracy against him hatched by political rivals.[8]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Narayan Rane
Cabinet Minister for Revenue, Excise and Minority Affairs
Government of Maharashtra

31 October 2014 –
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Balasaheb Thorat
Cabinet Minister for Agriculture
Government of Maharashtra

31 October 2014–present
Preceded by
Maharashtra State Guardian Minister for Jalgaon district
Preceded by
Maharashtra State Guardian Minister for Buldhana district