Ashok Chavan quits as Maharashtra Congress chief; Balasaheb Thorat likely to replace


Radhika Dhawad | Jul 3, 2019 12:22

Ashok Chavan had submitted his resignation to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi post 2019 Lok Sabha elections accepting the responsibility for the defeat.
Ashok Chavan 

As resignations in the Congress party continue to pour in, Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee chief Ashok Chavan becomes the latest to quit from his post on Tuesday. Chavan had submitted his resignation to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi post 2019 Lok Sabha elections accepting the responsibility for the defeat. However, Gandhi then didn’t take a decision on it.

Congress general secretary Malikarjun Kharge, Ashok Chavan, Prithviraj Chavan, Balasaheb Thorat and Manikrao Thakre in a meeting with Gandhi a week ago, discussed about the resignation. Gandhi said that Chavan’s resignation was accepted and that Kharge should initiate the process of replacing Chavan.

According to a party leader, Chavan was firm on his resignation, as he wasn’t ready to take another ‘blot’ in the upcoming Assembly elections if the party failed once again.

He’d taken up the issue with Gandhi by discussing how the senior leaders of the party in Maharashtra weren’t willing to take on the ruling BJP-Sena combine and were busy in ‘ego-battles.’

However as per reports, senior party leader Balasaheb Thorat is the frontrunner for the post followed by former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan.

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