Mumbai: Following Maharashtra Chief
Minister Ashok Chavan`s submission of resignation to the
Governor Tuesday in the wake of the Adarsh Housing Society scam,
speculation is rife over his successor, with names of a few
central and state party leaders doing the rounds.
Names of Maharashtra Agriculture Minister Balasaheb
Thorat, Union Ministers Prithviraj Chavan and Mukul Vasnik as
well as Vilasrao Deshmukh are in the reckoning, Congress
In case the high command vetoes Vilasrao`s candidature
as his name also figured in the scam, he is all set to back
Thorat, who enjoys clean image in the state politics, sources
Thorat has been an MLA since 1985, a cabinet minister
for last 11 years, a staunch loyalist of Congress and Gandhi
family and a leading figure in state co-operative movement.
Vasnik, senior Congress leader from Vidarbha region,
has credentials of Gandhi family loyalist and confidante, a
Dalit, and also an organisation man with clean image, they
Congress observers including A K Antony are reaching
Mumbai in the afternoon and will meet party legislators to
gauge their opinions on the new CLP leader.
Names of Prithviraj Chavan, known as a staunch
opponent of NCP chief Sharad Pawar in western Maharashtra, and
Union minister Sushilkumar Shinde who is a Dalit, are also