Unopposed election may make Chavan more assertive
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Last Updated: Sunday, April 24, 2011, 20:38
Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan's unanimous election to the Legislative Council might help him prove that he is not politically weak, contrary to his detractors' theory, and make him assert himself more, political observers say.

The main opposition Shiv Sena-BJP's decision this week not to field any candidate against Chavan came as a surprise, as the opposition had been consistently targeting him during the recently-concluded budget session, over issues such as CVC appointment and Jaitapur nuclear project.

Congress sources said the fact that opposition did not put up a candidate against Chavan -- deemed to be a greenhorn in state politics -- was an important pointer that his grip over the state politics was firming up.

Chavan is the fourth Chief Minister of the state to get elected as a member of the Legislative Council, instead of the Assembly; and the second after Shivajirao Patil-Nilangekar to win unopposed.

Sharad Pawar, S B Chavan and Nilangekar-Patil had chosen to enter the legislature as MLC after becoming Chief Minister.

Sources said that Sena-BJP might have desisted from contesting the by-election against Chavan as it did not have numbers and other parties such as PWP, Samajwadi Party, CPM, Bahujan Vikas Aghadhi and MNS had declared support to Chavan.

The official announcement of Chavan's election is likely on Wednesday, after the last date of withdrawal of nominations.

Prithviraj Chavan, who was a Union minister in the PMO, was sent to Maharashtra after Ashok Chavan had to quit as the Chief Minister over Adarsh Society scam last year.


First Published: Sunday, April 24, 2011, 20:38

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