Mumbai: Amid mounting pressure and fierce attack from the BJP, Maharashtra forest minister Sanjay Rathod, whose name has cropped up in the mysterious death case of young social media star Pooja Chavan, on Sunday tendered his resignation on the eve of Maharashtra Budget Session. Also Read - Maharashtra To Impose Complete Lockdown Amid Soaring COVID Cases, Announcement Tomorrow

Rathod (49), a prominent leader of the Banjara community, accompanied by his wife Shital, called on Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray at the latter’s official residence Varsha and met for 30 minutes. Rathod was asked to tender his resignation. Also Read - Maharashtra Comes Under Curfew-Like Curbs, Over 2 Lakh Cops Deployed To Enforce Restrictions

The chief minister also refused to consider pleas from ‘mahants’ of the Banjara community. Also Read - Kangana Ranaut Reacts to Anil Deshmukh's Resignation, Warns 'Yeh Toh Sirf Shuruat Hai'