Former Chief Minister of Maharashtra and ex-MP Ashok Chavan dealt a significant blow to the Congress party in the state by resigning from its primary membership amid speculations of his negotiations with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Reports suggest that he might be offered a ticket to the Rajya Sabha by the BJP.
Chavan, speaking to reporters, clarified that he has not yet made a decision regarding joining another party. He stated, “I will take a decision in the next couple of days. I have not spoken to any party yet.” However, he hinted at being disgruntled over the delay in finalizing seat-sharing arrangements within the Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance, with state and general elections looming ahead.
Representing Bhokar in the Assembly, Chavan met with Speaker Rahul Narvekar to submit his resignation from the Congress. If he chooses to join the BJP, it will mark another significant defection in Maharashtra politics, following Congress leader Milind Deora’s recent shift to the Shiv Sena led by Eknath Shinde.
Earlier, BJP Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had commented on the speculation surrounding Chavan’s potential move to the BJP, stating that many prominent leaders from the Congress are in touch with the BJP due to their dissatisfaction within the Congress party.
Sources within the Congress suggest that Chavan’s disagreements with state party chief Nana Patole over candidate selection might have influenced his decision to consider switching sides.