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Maharashtra Politics: Congress leader Ashok Chavan junks claim of quitting party

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan Thursday dismissed the claims that he will quit the grand-old party. The speculations were that the Chavan might extend his support to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). “I was there in the (Congress) core committee meeting today and I do not know who is spreading rumours about me. […]

Edited By : Pranjal Gupta | Updated: Jul 6, 2023 16:22 IST
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New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan Thursday dismissed the claims that he will quit the grand-old party. The speculations were that the Chavan might extend his support to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“I was there in the (Congress) core committee meeting today and I do not know who is spreading rumours about me. I had some pre-scheduled meetings so I have left for those meetings,” said Ashok Chavan.

Earlier in the day, Sanjay Shirsat who is an MLA from Shiv Sena (Shinde) had stated that the “Congress will break too.”

On being asked if there are Congress MLAs who want to join the Shinde-Fadnavis government, he said that there are many leaders who question themselves that where do they stand in the state politcis as “nobody is asking them.”

“Many Maharashtra Congress MLAs want to leave the party. I’ve heard that 16-17 MLAs wish to leave Congress. They will take a decision soon, and Congress will also split,” said MLA Shirsat.

The Shiv-Sena leader said that earlier he claimed that Ajit Pawar will leave the party but no body believed considering such statements are there for political reason. “Similarly, the Congress party will break too and it will not take much time.”

Earlier on Sunday, Maharashtra felt tremors after Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar joined hands with the ShivSena-BJP state government followed a high-voltage drama.

First published on: Jul 06, 2023 04:22 PM IST

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