Minutes after becoming a member of the BJP after a 38-year-stint within the Congress, former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan made an epic fake pas by mistakenly referring to Mumbai BJP chief Ashish Shelar as “Mumbai Congress President”.
The comment, clearly a slip of the tongue, left the senior chief red-faced and drew a spherical of laughter from BJP supporters who had gathered to welcome him into the social gathering fold. Maharashtra’s Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was seen correcting him earlier than laughing out aloud.
Apologising for the error, Mr Chavan stated, “I’ve simply joined (the BJP). Therefore, the error. I’m beginning a brand new journey by becoming a member of the BJP after 38 years within the Congress.”
The heavyweight chief from the Nanded area stated he has at all times been part of “constructive politics”. “The Prime Minister has taken a pledge for ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’. Typically, I used to be accused of not opposing him. However I’ve at all times completed constructive politics,” he stated.
The previous Congress chief stated he had set no phrases for becoming a member of the BJP. “I’ll do what the social gathering tells me to. I’ve requested for nothing. No one requested me to depart. That is my resolution,” he stated.
Mr Chavan yesterday resigned from the Congress and as a celebration MLA. His aide Amar Rajurkar, who resigned as MLC yesterday, additionally joined the BJP at the moment. The previous Chief Minister stated he has not requested anybody to modify from the Congress to the BJP.
Mr Chavan is anticipated to file his nomination for the Rajya Sabha polls tomorrow. Actually, it’s the deadline to file nomination for the election to the Higher Home that expedited his BJP entry. Earlier, he had advised the media that he would take a call on becoming a member of any social gathering after a few days.
He was invited into the social gathering by Mr Fadnavis, state BJP chief Chandrashekhar Bawankule and Mumbai BJP president Ashish Shelar, amongst others.
Addressing the media, Mr Fadnavis stated any resolution on Mr Chavan submitting nomination for the Rajya Sabha polls will likely be taken by the central management of the social gathering. He additionally stated that the social gathering is aware of utilise the senior chief.
The son of former Maharashtra Chief Minister Shankarrao Chavan, Ashok Chavan wields vital affect in Nanded area. His exit comes at a time when the Maha Vikas Aghadi — comprising the Uddhav Thackeray faction of Shiv Sena, the Sharad Pawar camp of NCP and the Congress — faces two tall ballot challenges.
Mr Chavan has held key roles within the Congress, together with Maharashtra Congress chief and a member of the Congress Working Committee. He has served as an MP from Nanded on two events and been a member of each Homes of the state legislature.
After serving as state minister, he was chosen for the Chief Minister publish after Vilasrao Deshmukh stepped down within the aftermath of the 2008 terror assaults in Mumbai. The Congress retained him on the highest publish after the 2009 state polls. The stint was, nevertheless, quick as Mr Chavan was pressured to step down amid corruption allegations associated to the Adarsh Housing Society rip-off.
Responding to a query on the corruption allegations, he stated, “The court docket has dominated in our favour.”
Mr Chavan stated the choice to give up the Congress was not a straightforward one. “I didn’t take this resolution in a day. I’ve taken this resolution for the individuals of my district. It’s true that the Congress gave me quite a bit. However I’ve additionally served it nicely,” he stated.
Congress leaders had earlier responded sharply to Mr Chavan’s exit.
Senior social gathering chief Jairam Ramesh took a “washer” jab — washer is an oft-repeated reference the Congress makes use of to accuse the BJP of stalling legal investigations in opposition to Opposition leaders who swap to their aspect.
“When buddies and colleagues depart a political social gathering that has given them a lot — maybe far more they deserved — it’s at all times a matter of anguish. However to those that are susceptible THAT Washing Machine will at all times show extra engaging than ideological dedication or private loyalties,” Mr Ramesh stated.
Maharashtra Congress chief Patole stated it’s “unlucky that leaders who have gotten all the things are leaving the Congress social gathering and beliefs”.
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