The announcement was first made by Maharashtra minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Jayant Patil.
Jayant Patil also informed that Khadse will join the NCP.
“Eknath Khadse, a senior BJP leader has left the party. He has resigned from the BJP. Therefore, on October 23 he will be joining the NCP,” said Patil.
“The NCP has got a learned leader in the form of Eknath Khadse. Their experience will definitely benefit the party. Khadse Saheb was being treated unfairly in BJP for the last few years,” Patil added.
Khadse has been disgruntled and unhappy with the BJP after he was forced to resign in 2016 on corruption charges. He had expressed his disappointment in public on various forums. He was also denied a ticket in the 2019 assembly elections. Khadse had earlier indicated that there were offers from other parties.