Deshmukh keeps options open
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Last Updated: Saturday, October 24, 2009, 18:03
  
Mumbai: A day after he almost ruled himself out of the Maharashtra chief ministerial race, Union minister Vilasrao Deshmukh on Saturday hinted at keeping all his options open, saying he was prepared to accept whatever responsibility Congress high command gives him.

"Now it is up to the high command. What is going to happen nobody knows. I will do whatever the high command asks me to do. I was made chief minister and twice I resigned (on being asked by high command)," he told reporters.

Deshmukh had told the media after his yesterday's meeting with Congress president Sonia Gandhi that he was happy being in Delhi, which many took as an indication that he would continue with his role in national politics.

Deshmukh, who was made chairman of the party's election management committee for the Assembly polls, is believed to be enjoying the support of a sizeable number of newly elected Congress MLAs.

The maiden meeting of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) this afternoon authorised Sonia Gandhi to name the new leader who would head the Congress-NCP government in the state.

Bureau Report


First Published: Saturday, October 24, 2009, 18:03


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