Congress pondering how to send Chavan to Legislative Council

The Congress is looking for a seat for Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, who has declared that he would enter the State legislature by contesting a by-election to the State Legislative Council.

Last Updated: Feb 16, 2011, 19:16 PM IST

Mumbai: The Congress is looking for a seat
for Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, who has declared that he would enter the State legislature by
contesting a by-election to the State Legislative Council.

Chavan was a Rajya Sabha MP before he was sent to
Maharashtra to replace Ashok Chavan following the Adarsh scam.
From the MLAs quota, terms of sitting Congress MLCs
Sanjay Dutt, Hussain Dalwai, Dipti Chaudhari and Vijay Sawant
would last till July 2016.

Congress sources said that in all probability, Chavan
will be fielded from MLAs quota seat, and MLC Sanjay Dutt
could be asked to quit to make vacancy.
State Congress president Manikrao Thakre has only 11
months` tenure left as an MLC, so it is unlikely that he will
be asked to vacate seat for the Chief Minister.

Dalwai was denied a ministerial berth at the last moment
when Chavan took over in December, and since now he has been
promised a ministry, he may not be asked to resign as MLC,
party sources said.

"Vijay Sawant, though a Congressman, was elected as an
independent MLC. Dipti Chaudhari who was given the MLC ticket
being an OBC and a woman has no organisational background
other than being a Pune mayor some years ago," sources said,
while discussing who could be asked to resign.

PTI