New Delhi: With it becoming increasingly clear that backing Ashok Chavan on the Adarsh Housing Society scam is an untenable proposition, the Congress High Command on Tuesday accepted his resignation as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra.
"Pending enquiry, his (Chavan`s) offer of resignation
has been accepted. He has been asked to tender his resignation
to Governor (K Sankaranarayanan)," Congress general secretary
Janardhan Dwivedi said in a brief statement.
The decision is believed to have been taken after Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Defence Minister AK Antony submitted their report on the housing scam, a day on which the Opposition is expected to raise the issue in Parliament.
Chavan had on October 30 met Sonia and offered to resign after it came to light that three of his close relatives were among the 103 allottees in the 31-storeyed Adarsh Group Housing Society building in Mumbai in which several politicians, three former defense service chiefs and bureaucrats have cornered flats originally meant for Kargil heroes.
As per reports, the frontrunners to replace him at the Mantralaya are said to be Prithviraj Chavan, Sushil Kumar Shinde and Vikhe Patil. Mukul Wasnik and Gurudas are also said to be in the race.
Reports further claimed that a team of Congress observers will be heading to Mumbai, later today, to get feedback from party workers before the High Command decides on Chavan’s replacement.