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Next CM Maharashtra - Prithiviraj Chaven!!!
Prithviraj Chavan to be next Maharashtra chief minister

NEW DELHI: Union minister Prithviraj Chavan will be the next chief minister of Maharashtra succeeding Ashok Chavan who resigned in the wake of the Adarsh Housing Society scam.

The announcement was made by Union finance minister and senior Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee, a day after Chavan's resignation.

"Congress president Sonia Gandhi has chosen Prithviraj Chavan as the Maharashtra Congress Legislature Party leader," senior Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee told reporters after meeting Gandhi.

He said the Maharashtra CLP had on Tuesday night authorized Gandhi to name its new leader and the Congress chief chose 64-year-old Chavan on Wednesday morning.

According to sources, swearing in ceremony will be held on Thursday.

Earlier in the morning, Chavan, the minister of state in the PMO, met Gandhi at her 10, Janpath residence in New Delhi and the two are believed to have discussed the political situation in Maharashtra in the wake of chief minister Ashok Chavan's resignation.

Chavan has been a central minister, who has never been in state politics and is more at home with policy and complex issues like the India-US nuclear deal.

Chavan has won three Lok Sabha elections and his base in Karad in the heart of western Maharashtra is a battlefield between Congress and Sharad Pawar's NCP with whom it shares an uneasy alliance.
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