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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Prithviraj Chavan, the next Maharashtra Chief Minister

Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Prithviraj Chavan has been named the next Maharashtra Chief Minister.
Chavan's name was formally announced by senior Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee on 10th November morning, after a meeting with the Congress President Sonia Gandhi.  Four contenders were there for the post and the list had narrowed down to two - Prithviraj Chavan and Radhakrishnana Vikhe Patil. Finally  Chavan was selected.
 After his name was announced, Chavan said, "I accept CM's post with humility. I will try to take everybody with me together...The Congress leadership and MLAs in Maharashtra called upon me to undertake this responsibility of heading the government in Maharashtra at an important juncture. I seek the cooperation and support of all and I promise I'll do my best to give leadership to the state."  He also met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and submitted his resignation as the Minister of State in the PMO.
Prithviraj Chavan was chosen in the place of existing Chief Minister Asok Chavan, when he had to resign on the basis of allegations regarding flat constructions.
Prithviraj Chavan is 64 years old and comes from a loyal Congress family. He is a Rajya Sabha MP from Maharashtra, but has contested and won Lok Sabha elections in the past from Karad in Maharashtra. Both his parents were MPs from Karad and his mother was also a PCC chief.
Chavan was educated at the prestigious BITS, Pilani in Rajasthan where he acquired a Design Engineering degree. He then went for higher studies to the University of California, Berkley, USA. After graduating, he worked in the aerospace industry in USA for a few years, before heading back to India to set up an R&D lab.
In the early eighties, Chavan met Rajiv Gandhi and joined politics. Gandhi gave Chavan a ticket to contest the 1984 elections from Karad and he won. Many more Lok Sabha wins followed. Chavan became a Rajya Sabha MP in 2002. He has also been a Congress spokesman. He describes himself as an Engineer, Industrialist, Political and Social Worker.
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