Ashok Chavan today joined the BJP at the party office in Mumbai. (Image: X/@ANI)
The former Congress leader was reportedly unhappy with the decisions of the grand party in the state.
Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan on Tuesday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party a day after tendering his resignation from the Congress. Chavan will file his nomination to Rajya Sabha on February 14.
Dealing another blow to the grand old party, Chavan on Monday resigned from his primary membership ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The former Congress leader was reportedly unhappy with the decisions of the grand party in the state.
In a statement, Chavan said: “I hereby tender my resignation from the primary membership of the Indian National Congress Party with effect from noon on 12/02/2024.”
He met Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Rahul Narvekar in Mumbai on Monday and tendered his resignation. Meanwhile, BJP top brass in the state also reached the party office in Mumbai Pradesh, sources said.
This move by former Prime Minister and Union Home Minister SB Chavan’s son comes days after the exit of Congress leader Baba Siddique, who joined Ajit Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party on Saturday.
Siddique broke his 48-year association with the grand old Congress Party.
In early January, Congress leader Milind Deora also resigned from his post as the party’s senior member, ending his family’s 55-year association with the Congress.
Yesterday, after Chavan’s resignation, Maharashtra MP CM Devendra Fadnavis made a cryptic comment saying: “Aagey aagey dekho hota hai kya”(wait and see what happens next).
Chavan’s resignation also sparked strong reactions from the opposition. Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Uddhav Thackeray claimed that the BJP is evolving into a “Congress-occupied BJP”. Thackeray expressed shock over Chavan’s exit and highlighted the possible consequences for the welfare of state farmers if leaders prioritize personal interests.
Although Chavan denied the claim, it is said that the mention of the Adarsh building scam in the white paper tabled in Parliament last week could have been a potential factor in his exit.
The Adarsh building scam was a scandal that led to Chavan’s resignation as Chief Minister of the state in 2010. Chavan is accused of the Adarsh housing society scam in which a posh 31-storey building was constructed in south Mumbai allegedly on land owned by the Ministry of Defense without obtaining the required permissions and clearances.
Charges were filed against Chavan under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code for criminal conspiracy and cheating and under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
This matter is pending before the Supreme Court, which suspended the procedure in 2018.