Prithviraj Chavan, a politician with a spotless image and a minister in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Wednesday 10 Nov, promise to provide stability to Maharashtra after the Congress picked him as the new chief minister to succeed the contaminated Ashok Chavan.
In a history in Indian politics, the 64-year-old former engineer’s appointment was immediately sleet by every political party in Maharashtra who sleet his non-controversial political career that began with a possibility meeting with the late Rajiv Gandhi.
In his first comments, Chavan said he was ‘highly honoured and humbled’ by Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s decision to put him in accuse of Maharashtra, one of India’s biggest and most industrialised states where the Congress shares power with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).
Chavan is extensively regarded as an intimate of both Manmohan Singh and Gandhi with his and his own silence style of functioning won him many friends both in the Congress and past.
So as to was more than obvious once it became known that Chavan had been selected for the hot seat in Mumbai over contenders like Vilasrao Deshmukh, Sushilkumar Shinde and Balasaheb Vikhe-Patil.
‘It is a good assortment, he will renew Maharashtra,’ said NCP chief Sharad Pawar, a previous chief minister whose shadow always looms large over the state. ‘He will have full support of the NCP.’ Pawar’s nephew Ajit Pawar has been selected to help Chavan as deputy chief minister, put back Chhagan Bhujbal.
‘We anticipate him to maintain stability in the state,’ said Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Madhav Bhandari. ‘Other Congress politicians have always brought a bad name to Maharastra. We
anticipate Chavan’s spotless image to bring constancy.’ Samajwadi Party state president Abu Azmi agreed, saying Chavan’s spotless image would help develop Maharashtra’s backward regions.
Shiv Sena MP Bharatkumar Raut warned: ‘The state is facing challenges in all areas. The new chief minister will have to undertake all these. We are expecting him to succeed due to his spotless, non-corrupt image.’