Eknath Khadse fires veiled barb at former CM for BJP losing power

Mumbai: In a veiled attack on former CM Devendra Fadnavis for below par performance of the BJP in the Maharashtra assembly polls, senior leader Eknath Khadse on Wednesday blamed certain leaders of the party for the defeat of his daughter Rohini and former minister Pankaja Munde.

He demanded action against those responsible for the BJP's shrunken tally of 105 seats, down from 122 in 2014.

In another veiled jibe at the former chief minister, Khadse said the BJP would have retained power had the party agreed to former ally Shiv Sena's demand for sharing the post of the CM in new government.

When asked by reporters whether he was targetting Fadnavis, Khadse said "I am talking about the person who led the entire poll campaign and the strategy. I do not have to take anyone's name at this moment as people are smart enough".

The BJP had denied ticket to Khadse for the assembly polls, but instead fielded his daughter from his home turf Muktainagar in Jalgaon.

However, Rohini Khadse lost to Shiv Sena rebel Chandrakant Patil. Munde was defeated by her cousin and NCP rival Dhananja Munde.