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Cong axes Chavan, Kalmadi
Published on 10 Nov. 2010 12:10 AM IST
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CWG SCAM: Kalmadi quits as Cong CPP secretary
Suresh Kalmadi today resigned as Congress Parliamentary Party(CPP) secretary after he was asked to quit in the wake of serious corruption allegations against him as head of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, sources said.
Kalmadi was asked to resign as CPP secretary ahead of the winter session of Parliament that began today, sources said.
Opposition parties had planned disruptions of parliamentary proceedings to target the government over Kalmadi’s role in the alleged bungling of funds meant for the Oct 3-14 Games.
“That Kalmadi has offered his resignation should stand alone. That should not connect with the Congress at all,” party spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan told a private news channel.
The government has already started investigations into the alleged misappropriation of the funds.
ADARSH SCAM: Chavan quits as Maharashtra CM
Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan today stepped down after the Congress leadership accepted his resignation following allegations of his connections with the Adarsh housing scam. Chavan, who had offered to quit last week, submitted his resignation to Maharashtra Governor K. Sankaranarayanan who asked him to continue till a successor was appointed.
“Pending inquiry, his offer of resignation has been accepted. He has been asked to tender his resignation to Maharashtra Governor (K Sankaranarayanan),” Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi told IANS in the national capital. Party insiders added that Chavan had offered to quit last week when he met top leaders in the national capital. “He had offered to quit last week during his meeting with top leaders in New Delhi. His offer has been accepted,” sources told IANS. It is learnt that Chavan had offered to resign Oct 30 when Chavan met Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
Gandhi had constituted a two-member team comprising Defence Minister AK Antony and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee to probe the allotment of Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society flats in Mumbai, originally meant for families of soldiers killed in the 1999 Kargil conflict with Pakistan, to politicians, bureaucrats and military officials.
“This is the high principle stand and this is what never happens in any other party. We have an established procedure in these circumstances. A new leader will be elected. It is an obvious process against anybody found guilty and anybody against whom any inquiry in pending,” said Congress spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan.
CLP Tuesday night authorised AICC President Sonia Gandhi to choose a new leader to succeed Ashok Chavan. A one-line resolution was passed by the CLP meeting authorizing Gandhi to pick the new Chief Minister of the state. The resolution was moved by the outgoing chief minister and seconded by revenue minister Narayan Rane, Legislative Council Chairman Shivajirao Deshmukh and former Chief Minister Shivajirao Patil-Nilangekar, party sources said.
Cong likely to pick a Maratha CM
Congress is likely to choose a Maratha leader to succeed Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan who resigned Tuesday.
The names of union minister Prithviraj Chavan and Maharashtra minister Balasaheb Thorat are doing the rounds as possible successors ahead of the meeting in Mumbai of Congress Legislature Party to elect a new leader. Both the leaders are from Western Maharashtra, the stronghold of NCP supremo Sharad Pawar. While Prithviraj Chavan is from Karad in Satara district, Thorat hails from the sugar-rich Ahmednagar district.
While senior Maharashtra ministers like Narayan Rane, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil and Harshavardhan Patil are also being seen as possible contenders, a section of the party says they are newcomers to Congress and therefore should wait for some more time.
Rane was former Chief Minister in Shiv Sena-BJP government in which Vikhe Patil was a Sena Minister as was Harshavardhan Patil, then an independent MLA. All the three leaders are also from Maratha community like the outgoing chief minister. Union Minister Sushilkumar Shinde is a former Chief Minister and a Dalit and was the only non-Maratha chief minister.
Another union minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, whom Ashok Chavan had replaced as the chief minister two years back, had been at the helm of affairs in the state for eight years. Both these leaders hail from Marathwada region.

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