Ashok Chavan to be Maharashtra chief minister

December 5th, 2008 - 6:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Sonia GandhiNew Delhi, Dec 5 (IANS) Maharashtra Industry Minister Ashok Chavan will be the new leader of the Congress legislature party in the state, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee announced Friday, paving the way for him to be the next chief minister.”Congress president (Sonia Gandhi) has communicated that Ashok Chavan will be the leader of the legislature party,” Mukherjee announced even as Revenue Minister and veteran politician Narayan Rane staged an open revolt after realising that he was being sidelined.

Mukherjee said he and Defence Minister A.K. Antony interacted with Congress legislators from Maharashtra in Mumbai Thursday. He added that all of them felt that Sonia Gandhi should pick a chief minister.

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