In an enormous blow to the Congress in Maharashtra months forward of the overall election and state polls, former chief minister and former MP Ashok Chavan resigned from the occasion’s major membership amid stories that he was in talks with the BJP. The senior chief could get a ticket to the Rajya Sabha, in line with sources.
Chatting with reporters, Mr Chavan mentioned he has not taken any determination but on becoming a member of one other occasion. “I’ll take a choice within the subsequent couple of days. I’ve not spoken to any occasion but.” The senior chief, nevertheless, instructed that he was upset over the delay in finalising seat-sharing inside the Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance with simply months left for the polls.
Mr Chavan, who represents Bhokar within the Meeting, met Speaker Rahul Narvekar and handed in his resignation. If he joins the BJP, it is going to be the second massive switchover in Maharashtra after Congress chief Milind Deora give up the occasion final month and joined the Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena.
Earlier, BJP chief and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had been requested if Mr Chavan is becoming a member of the occasion. “I heard about Ashok Chavan from media. However solely factor I can say now could be that a number of good leaders from Congress are in contact of BJP. These leaders who’re linked with the plenty are feeling suffocated in Congress. I’m assured that some massive faces will be a part of Congress,” he had then mentioned.
In line with Congress sources, Mr Chavan’s variations with state occasion chief Nana Patole on choice of candidates could have performed a serious function in his determination to change sides.
Son of former Maharashtra Chief Minister Shankarrao Chavan, Ashok Chavan wields vital affect within the Nanded area and this change could damage the Congress within the upcoming polls. This additionally performs out in opposition to the backdrop of the tall ballot problem going through the Maha Vikas Aghadi — comprising the Uddhav Thackeray faction of Shiv Sena, the Sharad Pawar camp of NCP and the Congress.
Ashok Chavan has had an eventful political journey up to now. Beginning out as a scholar chief throughout his school days, he went on to carry key posts within the Congress, together with Maharashtra Congress chief and a member of the Congress Working Committee. He has served as an MP from Nanded on two events and been a member of each Homes of the state legislature.
After serving as state minister, he was chosen for the Chief Minister submit after Vilasrao Deshmukh stepped down within the aftermath of the 2008 terror assaults in Mumbai. The Congress retained him on the highest submit after the 2009 state polls. The stint was, nevertheless, brief as Mr Chavan was pressured to step down amid corruption allegations associated to the Adarsh Housing Society rip-off.
Responding to Mr Chavan’s determination, senior Congress chief Jairam Ramesh took a “washer” jab — washer is an oft-repeated reference the Congress makes use of to accuse the BJP of stalling felony investigations in opposition to Opposition leaders who change to their facet.
When associates and colleagues depart a political occasion that has given them a lot—maybe way more they deserved—it’s at all times a matter of anguish. However to those that are weak, THAT Washing Machine will at all times show extra engaging than ideological dedication or private…
— Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) February 12, 2024
“When associates and colleagues depart a political occasion that has given them a lot — maybe way more they deserved—it’s at all times a matter of anguish. However to those that are weak THAT Washing Machine will at all times show extra engaging than ideological dedication or private loyalties,” Mr Ramesh mentioned. “These betrayers do not realise that their exit opens up huge new alternatives to these whose development they’ve at all times stunted,” he added.