Ashok Chavan resigns as member of state legislative assembly

Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan resigned as member of the state Legislative Assembly yesterday.

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Chavan, 55, who has been elected to the Lok Sabha from Nanded, handed over his resignation to legislative assembly speaker Dilip Walse Patil.

He was an MLA from Bhokar in Nanded district.

“Chavan has submitted his resignation letter to the speaker,” Principal Secretary (State Legislature) Anant Kalse said.

During the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Chavan was elected from Nanded constituency by a margin of 81,455 votes, defeating his BJP rival D B Patil.

Chavan had succeeded Vilasrao Deshmukh as the chief minister in December 2008. He was forced to resign in November 2010 in the wake of the Adarsh housing scam.

He led the Congress in the 2009 Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in which the party had won 17 Lok Sabha seats and 82 assembly seats.

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