A day after quitting the Congress party, Maharashtra’s former Chief Minister, Ashok Chavan, is set to join the BJP today. Chavan would join the party at nearly 12 pm at the Mumbai BJP office.
Chavan resigned from Congress and also as an MLA amid speculation that he would join the BJP.
The former Chief Minister sent his resignation letter as a primary member to state Congress president Nana Patole.
Following his resignation, Chavan said he had ‘not yet decided to join the BJP’.
The departure of Chavan, son of former chief Minister and Union Home Minister SB Chavan, follows the recent exits of senior Congress leaders Baba Siddique and Milind Deora, deepening the party’s challenges in the state.
Chavan emphasised that his decision to leave the Congress was personal and affirmed that he had not yet decided to join the BJP.
In his resignation letter to state Congress chief Nana Patole, Chavan stated he was resigning as a primary member and also stepped down as an MLA by submitting his resignation to assembly Speaker Rahul Narwekar.
“I have not yet made any decision to join BJP,” Chavan told reporters and also maintained that he was not going to discuss anything happening within Congress at a public forum.