In a blow to the Congress in Maharashtra, months before the general and state elections, former chief minister and former MP Ashok Chavan resigned from his post as a senior member of the party amid reports that he was in talks with the BJP. According to sources, the senior leader could get a Rajya Sabha ticket.
Chavan, who represents Bhokar in the Assembly, met Speaker Rahul Narvekar and tendered his resignation. If he joins the BJP, it will be the second big change in Maharashtra after Congress leader Milind Deora quit the party last month and joined the Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena.
Earlier, BJP leader and deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had been asked if Chavan would join the party. “I heard about Ashok Chavan through the media. But all I can say now is that several good Congress leaders are in touch with the BJP. Those leaders who are connected with the masses feel suffocated in the Congress. I am sure that some important faces will join Congress,” he had said then.
According to Congress sources, Chavan’s differences with state party chief Nana Patole over candidate selection may have played a major role in his decision to switch sides.
Son of former Maharashtra Chief Minister Shankarrao Chavan, Ashok Chavan wields significant influence in the Nanded region and this change may hurt the Congress in the upcoming elections. This is also unfolding in the backdrop of the huge electoral challenge facing the Maha Vikas Aghadi, which comprises the Uddhav Thackeray faction of the Shiv Sena, the Sharad Pawar camp of the NCP and the Congress.
Ashok Chavan has had an eventful political journey so far. He started out as a student leader during his college days and later held key positions in the Congress, including Maharashtra Congress chief and Congress Working Committee member. He has served as MP for Nanded twice and has been a member of both Houses of the state legislature.
After serving as a minister of state, he was elected to the post of Chief Minister after Vilasrao Deshmukh resigned following the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai. The Congress kept him in the top post after the 2009 state elections. However, the tenure was short-lived as Chavan was forced to resign amid corruption allegations related to the Adarsh Housing Society scam.
Responding to Chavan’s decision, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh took a “washing machine” swipe – washing machine is an oft-repeated reference that the Congress uses to accuse the BJP of paralyzing criminal investigations against opposition leaders. that change next to him.
When friends and colleagues leave a political party that has given them much (perhaps much more than they deserved), it is always a cause for anguish. But for those who are vulnerable, THAT Washing Machine will always be more attractive than ideological or personal commitment…
– Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) February 12, 2024
“When friends and colleagues leave a political party that has given them much, perhaps much more than they deserve, it is always a cause of anguish. But for those who are vulnerable, THAT Washing Machine will always be more attractive than ideological commitment or personal loyalties. “said Mr. Ramesh. “These traitors do not realize that their departure opens up enormous new opportunities for those whose growth they have always hindered,” he added.