Ashok Chavan to quit as Maharashtra Congress chief?

Former Maharashtra chief minister and state Congress chief Ashok Chavan is said to be discontented with the selection of party candidates for Lok Sabha polls by the party high-command. He has reportedly intending to quit his post after a controversy broke out over the party candidate for the Chandrapur Lok Sabha seat.

As a result, the party had postponed the announcement of its Chandrapur nominee following uproar over the name of Vishal, son of former Nagapur MP Vilas Muttemwar, for the seat.

In a leaked audio clip, Chavan expressed his displeasure over the party decision to field Vishal Muttemwar for the Chandrapur Lok Sabha seat and also said that no one is listening to him. “I tried to explain too. I am also planning to resign,” he is heard saying in the audio tape.

However, admitting that it was a private conversation, he said that he did not want to make it public. “It is an internal matter. The person talking to me is a party worker and it is my responsibility to keep his morale high,” he said. He also added that he had informed the high command about the differences over the Chandrapur seat.

While, the Congress yesterday released a list of 35 candidates including five from Maharashtra, it has not yet declared its candidate for Nanded Lok Sabha constituency which is represented by Chavan.

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