Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the decision is 'part of the Shiv Sena-BJP government's commitment to people's welfare'
Maharashtra NCP chief and state minister Jayant Patil on Wednesday said Khadse will join the Sharad Pawar-led party.
Newly elected Eknath Khadse stated that Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde's rebellion against Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray was due to some "powerful force" backing the dissidents.
There were speculations in the last few days that Eknath Khadse may quit the BJP and join the Sharad Pawar-led party.
During the induction event held at NCPs head office, both Sharad Pawar and Khadse maintained the switch over was not driven by any expectation from either side.