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Deshmukh keeps options open

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

Bureau Report

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

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