Maharashtra Minister Eknath Khadse steps down over property scam allegations, Link with Dawood Ibrahim

Maharashtra Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse, who continues to be under the attack for guessed underworld connections and alleged dubious land deal, on Saturday tendered his resignation

Maharashtra Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse, who continues to be under the attack for guessed underworld connections and alleged dubious land deal, on Saturday, tendered his resignation.

An unfazed Khadse had until last evening said that he has not received any directive in the BJP central leadership on the charges against him which he dubbed as "baseless."

By PTI reports, Khadse was requested to leave from his post by BJP high command.

Reportedly, the essential leaders of the BJP sent him a sign that was relentless and clear he had no alternative but to discontinue since his continuance would damage the picture of the ministry directed by the party.

According to the reports, the party also indicated that the row over claims he received phone calls from underworld don Dawood Ibrahim too wasn't managed responsibly.

National Congress Party has demanded an' honest and free' probe into the issue.

On Thursday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Fadnavis submitted a report on alleged link with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and the twin charges against Khadse of an illicit property deal and had met BJP president Amit Shah.

"I 've submitted a factual report on recent developments to Amit Shahji and also held talks over the issue. Now, the party will direct us on further steps that should be taken," Fadanvis had quoted afterward.

Reports also stated that Fadnavis would also be meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the 'Khadse' dilemma. Sources in the BJP said that the Prime Minister will take a final decision on the issue after consultation with senior cabinet colleagues and Shah.

Considered 'Number 2' in the Cabinet managing some critical portfolios, Khadse, one of the most senior ministers in Maharashtra authorities, was mired in a brand new controversy this week as a Pune-based businessman accused him, his wife and son in law of various irregularities in the purchase of a piece of land.

He is in a place over the purchase of a three-acre Maharashtra Industrial Development Corp property in Pune supposedly at a low cost of around Rs 3.75 crore from its original owner in the name of his wife and son-in-law. The market value of the property is apparently Rs 40 crore.

Khadse is also facing allegations that mafia don Dawood Ibrahim had made multiple calls from his landline amount in Karachi, where he is considered to be living as a fugitive.

Social worker Anna Hazare and the BJP's ally Shiv Sena have been building pressure for the resignation of Khadse.