New Delhi: Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh appears to be on his way out following his deputy R R Patil’s resignation in the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks.
“If one of the two goes, the other has to go too,” said a senior Congress leader today.
The name of Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Prithviraj Chavan is doing the rounds as the frontrunner to succeed Deshmukh, sources said.
“We have taken our decision. The Congress had to take its own decision,“ NCP supremo Sharad Pawar told PTI when asked if Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh would follow suit of the Deputy Chief Minister and NCP leader R R Patil’s resignation.
Deshmukh is under pressure to give up his post in the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks.
A section of Congress leaders say that strong steps are needed to ensure that the party meant business when it comes to issues on security.