CM post lighter responsibility for Chavan: Vilasrao Deshmukh

Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, one time aspirant to the Chief Minister`s post in Maharashtra, on Monday said he had "very high" expectations from new incumbent Prithviraj Chavan.

Last Updated: Nov 15, 2010, 18:27 PM IST

New Delhi: Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh,
one time aspirant to the Chief Minister`s post in Maharashtra,
on Monday said he had "very high" expectations from new incumbent
Prithviraj Chavan.

Deshmukh said Chavan had a "comparatively light"
responsibility as the Chief Minister as he had the experience
of working in the Prime Minister`s Office.
Prithviraj Chavan took over as the Chief Minister from
Ashok Chavan who resigned after his name figured in connection
with a housing scam in Mumbai.

"Definitely, he is an experienced person. He has served
many years as Union Minister and was also incharge of Prime
Minister`s Office (PMO)," Deshmukh told reporters here.

The Union Minister for Heavy Industry said he had very
high expectations from Prithviraj Chavan`s tenure as the Chief
Minister of Maharashtra.

"So having experience of the PMO, the Chief Minister`s
Office is comparatively a light responsibility. Expectations
are very high and we all are supporting him," Deshmukh said.
He was asked about his expectations from Chavan.

Deshmukh, who held the post of the Chief Minister for two
terms, had to resign from office in 2008 in the wake of the
26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai.

He was a front-runner for the post of chief minister in
the wake of Ashok Chavan`s resignation till the party high
command opted for a new face for the crucial post.

PTI