Congress Sees Opportunity Amidst Setback as Ashok Chavan Quits Party


GG News Bureau
New Delhi, 12th Feb. 
The Congress party on Monday responded to the exit of former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan, stating that departures of such individuals pave the way for vast new opportunities for those whose growth has been hindered by their presence.

Chavan’s resignation from the party amid speculation of a potential shift towards the BJP has dealt a blow to the Congress just ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

Chavan conveyed his decision to resign as a primary member of the Congress to state party president Nana Patole. Additionally, the 65-year-old submitted his resignation as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) to assembly Speaker Rahul Narwekar, further solidifying his departure from the grand old party.

Congress General Secretary in-charge of communications, Jairam Ramesh, though not directly mentioning Chavan, expressed his views regarding the departure of individuals who have been beneficiaries of the party’s support. Ramesh highlighted the allure of alternate political avenues and the sway of personal motivations over ideological commitments.

“These betrayers don’t realize that their exit opens up vast new opportunities to those whose growth they have always stunted,” remarked Ramesh, emphasizing the transformative potential amidst such departures.

Chavan’s resignation follows closely on the heels of other senior Maharashtra Congress leaders, namely Baba Siddique and Milind Deora, who also chose to part ways with the party recently.

Hailing from Nanded district in the Marathwada region, Chavan comes from a political lineage, with his late father, Shankarrao Chavan, having served as the chief minister of Maharashtra.

Notably, Ashok Chavan relinquished the chief ministerial position in 2010 amidst allegations of involvement in the Adarsh housing scam in Mumbai. He subsequently held the post of state Congress chief from 2014 to 2019, contributing significantly to the party’s operations in Maharashtra.

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