In response to former chief minister Ashok Chavan’s resignation from the Congress, Maharashtra deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Monday that a number of leaders in the venerable party are feeling “suffocated.” The head of the BJP also made hints about further Congress and other opposition party defections.
“Many tall leaders from other parties are interested in joining the BJP.” In particular, a number of Congress leaders have contacted us due to the actions of the top leaders. They feel that their party is suffocating them. Whose identity we have on file will be made public shortly. Fadnavis told the journalists, “Aage aage dekhiye hota hai kya (wait and see what happens next).”
Hours after meeting state Assembly Speaker Rahul Narwekar, Ashok Chavan announced his resignation from the grand old party in a letter to Maharashtra Congress leader Nana Pataole on Monday, causing a significant blow to the party’s Maharashtra branch.
After former South Mumbai MP Milind Deora and former MLA Baba Siddique, Ashok Chavan is the third high-ranking official in Maharashtra to leave the traditional party.
In a post on X, previously known as Twitter, Chavan wrote, “Today, i.e. on Monday, February 12, 2024, I have tendered my resignation as Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) from 85-Bhokar Assembly Constituency to the Assembly Speaker Rahulji Narvekar.”
From 1987 to 1989, Ashok Chavan was a member of the Lok Sabha. In May of 2014, he was elected again to the lower house. He had three terms of office in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, beginning in 1999 and ending in May 2014.
From 2008 to 2010, the erstwhile Congress leader presided over Maharashtra as chief minister. On November 9, 2010, however, he was requested to step down as chief minister by the Congress party due to corruption charges involving the Adarsh Housing Society scandal.