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Congress undecided on changing Prithviraj Chavan as Maharashtra CM

Jun 21, 2014 06:27 PM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: The Congress high command remains undecided on having a change of guard in Maharashtra. Sources say that the final decision on replacing Prithviraj Chavan as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra will be taken after MLAs give feedback to Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

Chavan on Saturday met Sonia Gandhi at her residence in New Delhi. According to sources, Chavan might have to step down from his post and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is said to be keen on naming former Union Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde as the Chief Minister of the state.

Shinde is the party's dalit face in Maharashtra but the only issue that is likely to go against him is that he had lost in the recent Lok Sabha elections.
It is believed that the NCP never had a good working relationship with Chavan and are keen on a replacement for him.

The names of state Agriculture Minister Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil and state Revenue Minister Bala Saheb Thorat are also doing the rounds as successor to Chavan.

Meanwhile, Chavan on Friday said that he was not aware of any such move. "I have not been sounded out on this or called to Delhi in this connection," he said adding it is the Congress high command's prerogative to change Chief Ministers and he is ready to shoulder any responsibility given by the party.

"Until a decision is made, I will continue with my work," Chavan had said.