Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan quits
MUMBAI: Maharashtra Chief Prithviraj Chavan resigned on
Friday, a day after NCP broke its 15-year-old alliance with Congress in the
state, reducing his government to a minority.
Chavan drove down to Raj Bhavan this evening and
submitted the resignation of his government to Governor C Vidyasagar Rao,
official sources said.
It was not immediately known if he has been asked to
continue in a caretaker capacity or the state will be brought under a brief
spell of President's rule before the Assembly elections are held next month and
a new government sworn in.
Chavan had called on the Governor earlier in the day
too and apprised him of the political developments. The NCP had yesterday
called off its alliance with Congress accuses Chavan of neglecting it and
stalling talks over seat-sharing.
NCP’s insistence on the two allies contesting an equal
number of the state's 288 Assembly seats and the demand for rotational chief
minister for half of the government's five-year term if the alliance retained
power were the sticking points during the seat-sharing talks which eventually
led to the collapse of the alliance.