Decision on Ajit after talking to NCP, Cong leaders: Prithviraj Chavan

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 22:13

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Tuesday said he will speak to leaders of his party Congress and those from ally NCP before taking a decision on the resignation of his deputy Ajit Pawar.

"I have received a letter from Ajit Pawar tendering resignation from the Council of Ministers and suggesting alternative arrangements for the portfolios held by him. I will consult leaders of both the parties before taking a decision," he told reporters here.

Chavan met Congress Ministers and leaders to discuss the political situation arising out of Ajit Pawar`s resignation.

Pawar, who belongs to NCP, resigned today amid allegations of irregularities in granting administrative approvals for projects involving several crore of rupees during his decade-long tenure as Irrigation Minister. He holds Finance and Energy portfolios in the Prithviraj Chavan government.

Hours later, all NCP Ministers in the Congress-led government submitted their resignations to the party`s state unit chief Madhukar Pichad. The NCP legislature party is scheduled to meet tomorrow afternoon to discuss the further course of action.

Congress and Sharad Pawar-led NCP are coalition partners in Maharashtra and also at the Centre. Both parties are part of Democratic Front which is in power in the state since 1999.


First Published: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 22:13

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