Activist and former AAP member Anjali Damania on Monday accused Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse of acquiring 88 acres in Jalgaon through unscrupulous means and alleged that he was involved in the irrigation scam. She called him BJP’s Bhujbal.
Addressing a press conference Damania gave away copies of documents that she claimed were proof of land owned by Khadse’s family members. The activist said many of these properties do not find a mention in his election affidavits.
Damania said the properties were bought in the name of Khadse’s wife Mandakini, daughter-in-law Raksha, who is an MP, daughters Sharda Chaudhary and Rohini Khewalkar, and his sons-in-law.
Khadse, who is battling allegation of a dubious land deal near Pune and his alleged links with Dawood Ibrahim, denied the charges.
Damania said Khadse and his family purchased 88 acres of agricultural land in Jalgaon district for Rs 79.20 lakh in 2012. “This land comes under the Warangan Talvel lift irrigation scheme.”
Alleging his role in the irrigation scam, Damania said Khadse, who was also the revenue minister between 1997 and 1999, earned kickbacks from the Tapi Irrigation Development Corporation, a state-owned body that gives out work contracts for irrigation projects in Jalgaon region.