Mumbai: Maharashtra industries minister Ashok Chavan will be the new chief minister of Maharashtra, replacing Vilasrao Deshmukh, whose resignation was accepted on Wednesday following terrorist attacks in Mumbai last week, television channel CNN-IBN reported, citing no one.
Congress party lawmakers in the state will choose Chavan as Deshmukh’s successor, the channel said. A formal announcement is likely later.
Taking over? A file photo of Ashok Chavan. HT
Chavan go the better of Union power minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, who was also in the contention for the job.
Deshmukh submitted his resignation earlier this week in the wake of criticism from the public and political rivals over his government’s inept handling of the Mumbai terror attacks that left at least 183 dead and 300 injured. He was the third official to lose his job after his party president Sonia Gandhi told leaders that they can no longer sit back following India’s deadliest terror attacks in 15 years.
Shivraj Patil, the Union home minister was the first to go, on Sunday. On the next day, Maharashtra’s deputy chief minister R.R. Patil resigned at the behest of his party, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), and his resignation was accepted.
Ten gunmen went on a three-day rampage starting the night of 26 November at two luxury hotels, a cafe, a Jewish centre, a hospital and the city’s main railway station. India has blamed elements from Pakistan for the attack, while Islamabad has sought evidence.