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Chavan all set to become Maha CM
Published on 5 Dec. 2008 1:55 AM IST
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Industry Minister Ashok Chavan is all set to replace Vilasrao Deshmukh as the chief minister of Maharashtra, sources said. Sources say AICC observers meeting with Maharashtra legislative party ended on Thursday night with majority of MLAs extending support to Ashok Chavan as Deshmukh’s successor. Ashok Chavan is the son of former chief minister S B Chavan. Maharashtra chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, who last month completed four years of his second term in office, had resigned. Maharashtra Governor S C Jamir had accepted Deshmukh’s resignation. “I have accepted moral responsibility for Mumbai terror attacks. In a democracy one has to honour people’s anguish and anger,” Deshmukh said. The 63-year-old Deshmukh drove to Raj Bhawan and submitted his resignation to the Governor, soon after addressing a press conference where he thanked Congress president Sonia Gandhi for giving him an opportunity to be at the helm of affairs in the state on two occasions. “I have served for so long in the government... it is now my duty to serve the party”, Deshmukh said when asked if he would be contesting the ensuing Lok Sabha elections. “The party has to decide whether I should contest Lok Sabha or other election”, Deshmukh said. The development work done by the Congress-NCP government during my tenure would help Congress in winning the next elections, Deshmukh said. Asked about any regret during his tenure, Deshmukh pointed to the Mumbai terror attacks, adding “we could not save so many lives lost in the war against India”.

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