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    Default Adarsh scam: Maharashtra CM Chavan quits

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    Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has been asked to tender his resignation to Governor K Sankaranarayanan pending an inquiry into the Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society scam in Mumbai.



    Congress President Sonia Gandhi accepted Ashok Chavan's resignation on Tuesday morning. The decision to ask Chavan to step down came hours before the winter session of Parliament was set to commence with the Opposition threatening to raise the issue.

    The two-member committee comprising of Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Defence Minister AK Antony has given its feedback on the scam and Chavan's role in it to Sonia.

    The committee's report says that Chavan's family directly benefited from the scam. But it could not find any evidence against former chief ministers Vilasrao Deshmukh and Sushil Kumar Shinde. The committee says that the duo's involvement was procedural.

    Chavan had already offered to resign in the wake of the Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society scam. The society was meant for Kargil war heroes and their dependents but a most of its flats were cornered by politicians, senior bureaucrats and senior defence forces officials.

    Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Prithviraj Chavan is considered the frontrunner to replace Ashok Chavan as Maharashtra's chief minister.

    Reacting to Chavan's resignation, BJP said that it should have happened a long time back.
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    Default Congress likely to pick Maha CM tomorrow

    Congress is likely to choose a Maratha leader by Wednesday afternoon to succeed Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan who resigned on Tuesday in the wake of the Adarsha housing scam.

    Congress MLAs in Maharashtra have authorised party President Sonia Gandhi to select a new chief minister for the state.

    The MLAs passed a resolution to this effect in their legislature party meeting at the Vidhana Sabha in Mumbai.

    Senior Congress leaders Pranab Mukherjee and A K Antony will take opinion of each MLA on the question of leadership.

    The party high command is likely to announce its decision on Wednesday.

    The search for a new CM began in the morning itself when the Congress President decided to accept Ashok Chavan's resignation. By sacking Chavan, Sonia Gandhi took the sting out of the Opposition campaign on corruption.

    The names of Union Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Maharashtra Minister Balasaheb Thorat are doing the rounds as possible successors to Ashok Chavan.

    Both the leaders are from dominant Maratha community. 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.

    Party leader Rahul Gandhi has already given indication about the possible choice of the Congress in Maharashtra noting that the next Chief Minister should be a "clean" person who can "deliver".

    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.
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    Default Sonia may back Balasaheb Vikhe-Patil for Maharashtra CM

    The Congress party convened a meeting of its Maharashtra legislature party on Tuesday night after central observers Pranab Mukherjee and A K Antony arrived in Mumbai by a special flight earlier that evening.

    Congress sources say a decision on Ashok Chavan's successor as Maharashtra chief minister would not be delayed beyond Wednesday.
    Chavan resigned as chief minister, taking responsibility for the Adarsh building scam.

    Sources said an overwhelming number of legislators feel the new chief minister should be chosen from amongst them and not imposed by the party's central leadership.




    Over 20 legislators and ministers met Ashok Chavan at Varsha, his official residence, on Tuesday evening. Chavan may lobby for one of his loyalists to be appointed as his successor.

    Congress party President Sonia Gandhi who is reported to have asked Chavan to quit, met Mukherjee, Antony and her political secretary Ahmed Patel as well as other senior party leaders on Tuesday. On the agenda was the leadership change in Maharashtra as well as creating a strategy for the winter session of Parliament.
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