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
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
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.