Chavan asks Governor to accept Ajit’s resignation

Chavan asks Governor to accept Ajit’s resignation

Maharashtra won’t have a deputy chief minister for first time since 1995

Soon after he asked the Governor to accept Ajit Pawar’s resignation,Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan Saturday said his deputy’s exit won’t affect ties between the ruling coalition partners — the Congress and the NCP.

“I met Sharad Pawar,Ajit and Praful Patel last night to discuss the issue. The government will work effectively and there will be proper co-ordination in the government and between both the parties. Congress-NCP ties will remain strong,” Chavan said.

Ajit resigned as deputy chief minister,and minister for power and finance last Tuesday following allegations of corruption in irrigation projects that he sanctioned as minister for water resources over the past decade. On Friday,NCP chief Sharad Pawar said Ajit will stay out of the government till a comprehensive “white paper” on irrigation projects is presented.

In his resignation letter,Ajit had suggested that Minister for Higher Education Rajesh Tope be given charge of the Power Ministry and Minister for Rural Development Jayant Patil that of Finance. He has got his wish. However,there won’t be a deputy chief minister,a first for Maharashtra since 1995.