Maharashtra Chief Minister resigns as Rajya Sabha member

Last Updated: Friday, May 6, 2011 - 19:39

New Delhi: Maharashtra Chief Minister
Prithviraj Chavan on Friday resigned as a member of the Rajya
Sabha.

Chavan met Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari here this
evening and handed over his resignation from the Upper House.

Chavan was appointed as Chief Minister of Maharashtra in
November last year after the then incumbent Ashok Chavan
resigned in the wake of allegations against him in the Adarsh
Housing Society scam.

Prithviraj Chavan was elected unopposed to Maharashtra
Legislative Council on April 27, fulfilling the constitutional
requirement of getting elected to the state legislature within
six months of being sworn-in as Chief Minister.

The Chief Minister was never a member of the state
legislature until now.

An engineer by training, Chavan started his political
career in 1991, winning the Lok Sabha election in family
bastion of Karad. He retained the seat in 1996 and 1998 but
lost to Shrinivas Patil of NCP in 1999.

He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2002 and was
re-elected in 2007. Before being appointed as Chief Minister,
Chavan was Minister of State in the PMO from May 2004.

PTI



First Published: Friday, May 6, 2011 - 19:39

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