Nagpur : Amid talk that BJP state unit chief Devendra Fadnavis could be party’s chief minist-erial choice, Nagpur-East MLA Krishna Khopde Wednesday offered to quit and vacate his seat to pave way for his men-tor Nitin Gadkari, after voices grew louder on bringing back the Union Minister to the state to don the mantle.

Khopde, a second term MLA, told PTI that he was willing to resign for Gadkari from his constituency. When contacted over the turn of events, Phadanvis however, remained tight-lipped and made no comments.

Gadkari had last night said that he is ready to accept any responsibility given to him by the party’s central leadership. About 39 BJP MLAs all from Vidarbha region had met Gadkari at his residence here Tuesday and demanded that he be made the state’s Chief Minister. The senior BJP leader had later told the media that the MLAs who met him “have a lot of respect for me and they are requesting me to be the Chief Minister.”

“I’ve already clarified my sta-nd not to return to state poli-tics. It’s for the party’s central leadership to decide and I will accept any respon-sibility given to me,” said Gadkari.

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