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Chavan offers to resign over housing scam issue
Published on 31 Oct. 2010 12:55 AM IST
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Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan Saturday offered to resign over the allotment of flats in Mumbai meant for war heroes to politicians, bureaucrats and military officials.A visibly subdued Chavan made the admission after meeting Congress president Sonia Gandhi at her 10 Janpath residence here. Chavan told reporters that he told Gandhi: “I am here, my resignation is also here. He said he had briefed her about the controversy related to the Adarsh Housing Society whose flats were originally meant for families of soldiers killed in the 1999 Kargil.
Sonia demands probe
Sonia Gandhi Saturday asked defence minister A.K. Antony and finance minister Pranab Mukherjee to probe the allotment of flats meant for families of war heroes and report back to her. “Chavan has offered to resign. But a decision on the matter will be taken after the two-member committee submits its report to the Congress president,” party general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi told reporters here.
Search on for next Maha CM
With Chavan's on the way out, the hunt for the next chief minister of the state has started. So who all are in the running?
Sushil Kumar Shinde: Has the experience of being a chief minister. A Dalit and close to 10 Janpath. But he gave the final permission to Adarsh Society when he was chief minister. Not considered strong enough to take on NCP.
Vilasrao Deshmukh: Has been the chief minister twice. A Maratha and can take on Sharad Pawar and the NCP. But the memories of 26/11 are still fresh since he was the chief minister then. He is also seen to have given permissions to Adarsh Society and his Image is a concern.
Prithviraj Chavan: Has a clean image and has no connection with housing scam. A Maratha from western Maharashtra, has good equations at Centre. But has no experience in state politics, may not be able to combat NCP and Pawar and is not used to dealing with factional politics.
Narayan Rane: Has a mass base in Konkan, is ready to take on NCP, has money power. But he is a former Shiv Sainik, has no equation with 10 Janpath, has an image problem and is not trusted.
Mukul Wasnik: A new face, a Dalit close to Rahul Gandhi and is not connected to the housing scam. But has no experience of state politics, seen as a lightweight and may not be able to counter NCP.

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