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.