Eknath Ganpatrao Khadse
|Member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly|
|Born||2 September 1952|
Muktainagar, Bombay State, India
|Political party||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|Children||Nikhil Khadse (son)|
Raksha Khadse (daughter-in-law)
Sharda Chaudhari (daughter)
Rohini Khewalkar (daughter)
Eknathrao Ganpatrao Khadse (born 2 September 1952) is a former politician and senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Maharashtra state. He had been in the BJP since the foundation of the party, then called the Janta Party, and has won six consecutive elections, representing the Muktainagar constituency of Jalgaon district until June 2016. He served as a minister of various departments for the BJP government in the mid- to late 1990s and mid-2010s.
Khadse was State Finance Minister and later additionally took on the responsibility as Agriculture Minister in the Shiv Sena–BJP government. He has been a prominent figure for farmers in the state of Maharashtra. He was elected as the opposition leader in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly in November 2010.
On 3 June 2016, Eknath Khadse resigned as Revenue Minister following allegations of corruption and misuse of office.
Eknath Khadse was born the son of a farmer, in the village of Kothali on the banks of the Purna River, in the Muktainagar tehsil (administrative unit) of Jalgaon district. His son, Nikhil Khadse, committed suicide on 1 May 2013. His daughter-in-law Raksha Khadse is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha from the Raver constituency.
He handled both finance and irrigation portfolios in the Shiv Sena–BJP regime of 1995–1999. Having served as MLA for six terms, Khadse was the seniormost leader in the Maharashtra party, and was leader of the opposition from November 2010 to October 2014.
- 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 of Maharashtra (October 2014 to June 2016)
Corruption charges and resignation
Khadse resigned on 3 June 2016 after allegations of impropriety surfaced against him in a land deal in ￼￼Pune￼￼. Realtor Hemant Gavande leveled charges of land grabbing against him, alleging that Khadse had misused his position as the State Revenue Minister to illegally execute sales deeds for a three-acre (1.2 ha) industrial plot at Bhosari in Pune District in the names of his wife and son-in-law. Khadse has denied the allegations and termed them as a conspiracy against him hatched by political rivals.
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| Cabinet Minister for Revenue, Excise and Minority Affairs
Government of Maharashtra
31 October 2014 –
| Cabinet Minister for Agriculture
Government of Maharashtra
31 October 2014–present
|| Maharashtra State Guardian Minister for Jalgaon district
|| Maharashtra State Guardian Minister for Buldhana district