Ashok Chavan

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Ashok Shankarrao Chavan
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Chavan in 2010
16th Chief Minister of Maharashtra
In office
8 December 2008 – 9 November 2010
Preceded byVilasrao Deshmukh
Succeeded byPrithviraj Chavan
ConstituencyBhokar
Majority107503
Member of the Indian Parliament
for Nanded
Assumed office
2014
Preceded byBhaskarrao Bapurao Khatgaonkar
Majority74614
President of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee
Assumed office
2015
Minister of Industries, Mines, Protocol, and Cultural Affairs
In office
1 November 2004 – 20 February 2009
Succeeded byNarayan Rane
ConstituencyMudkhed
Majority70454
Minister of Revenue
In office
19 October 1999 – 20 October 2004
Succeeded byPatangrao Kadam
ConstituencyMudkhed[1]
Majority40534
Member of the Indian Parliament
for Nanded
In office
1987–1989
Preceded byShankarrao Chavan
Succeeded byVenkatesh Kabde
Majority111118
Personal details
Born (1958-10-28) 28 October 1958 (age 60)
Bombay, Bombay State, India
CitizenshipIndian
NationalityIndian
Political partyIndian National Congress
Spouse(s)Amita Sharma-Chavan
ChildrenSujaya & Sreejaya
ParentsKusum & Shankarrao Chavan
ResidenceMumbai
EducationBachelor's in Science
Master's in Business Administration
OccupationPolitician, Businessman

Ashok Shankarrao Chavan (born (1958-10-28)28 October 1958)[2] is an Indian politician from Indian National Congress party, who has served as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra state from 8 December 2008 to 9 November 2010. He earlier also served as Minister for Cultural Affairs, Industries, Mines and Protocol in the Vilasrao Deshmukh government.

On 9 November 2010, the Congress Party asked him to resign from office over corruption allegations relating to Adarsh Housing Society scam.[3] In the 2014 general elections, despite the allegations and anti-incumbency wave, he was one of the only two Congress politicians from Maharashtra state to be elected as Member of Parliament (MP), the other being Rajiv Satav. In 2015, he was appointed as the president of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee.

Chavan belongs to an influential political family, essentially based in Nanded district of Maharashtra state. He is the son of Shankarrao Chavan, a former Chief Minister of Maharashtra himself; they are the first father–son duo in the state's history to become chief ministers.[4][5] His brother-in-law Bhaskarrao Bapurao Khatgaonkar Patil was a three-time Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) and a three-time MP, and Chavan's wife, Ameeta Ashokrao Chavan is MLA from Bhokar constituency in Nanded.

Personal Life[edit]

He graduated in Science and has obtained his Master's in Business Management.[6]

Chavan's father, Shankarrao Chavan had also been two Chief Minister of Maharashtra. He is married to Ameeta (née Sharma). Ameeta is current member of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly from Bhokar constituency which was represent by both Shankarrao Chavan and Chavan himself. The couple has twins daughters Srijaya and Sujaya.[7]

He is the President of Sai Sevabhavi Trust Nanded, a charitable voluntary organisation.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

He started his political career as General Secretary, Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee.

In 1987–88, he was elected as Member of Parliament from Nanded Lok Sabha constituency.

In 1992, he was elected as M.L.C to the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly and later joined as Minister of State for Public works, Urban Development and Home in March 1993. He was the General Secretary of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee from 1995 to 1999.

In 2003, Vilasrao Deshmukh appointed Chavan as Minister for Transport, Ports, Cultural Affairs and Protocol.

In November 2004, he was given the portfolio of Industries, Mining, Cultural Affairs & Protocol in Maharashtra cabinet. [4]

Chief Minister[edit]

In the aftermath of the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, Vilasrao Deshmukh took the moral responsibility and offered to resign, which was then accepted by the party and Chavan was elected as Chief Minister of Maharashtra.[8][9]

After winning assembly elections in 2009, Congress President Sonia Gandhi once again nominated Chavan as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Sharad Pawar, the leader of rival coalition partner NCP party, had been lukewarm towards Chavan, after his first choice of union power minister Sushil Kumar Shinde was ignored well before the race began. [10][11][12]

Congress had clearly plumped for a Maratha to lead the party in the state, and had ignored the NCP view that a non-Maratha should be selected for the position to set right the social combination.

As a result, NCP chose a non-Maratha, Chhagan Bhujbal to occupy the deputy Chief Minister's post and gave the home ministry to Jayant Patil. The latter being a Maratha balanced the NCP's own bid to remain the community's first choice.

Chavan was asked to resign as Chief Minister during a meeting with Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, after it emerged that three of his relatives owned apartments in the government housing society which was created specifically to house Indian war veterans in the upmarket Colaba area of Mumbai.[13]

Post Chief Minister[edit]

Despite the corruption allegations, the Congress party put him up as a party candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections. He won the election by a huge margin. In Maharashtra, Rajiv Satav and Chavan were the only Congress candidates elected.

In 2015, he took over as the chief of the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee. [14]

Controversy, scams and allegations[edit]

Apart from the much discussed Adarsh Housing Society Scam, Ashok Chavan was accused of using his office to fund his relatives' bank.[15] Adarsh scam was promoted by media house and then opposition party in Maharashtra state assembly which eventually leads to his resignation from the post of Chief Minister. But recently High court of Maharashtra state has given a result in favour of Ashok Chavan and denied permission to investigation agency to question him. Ashok chavan declared it as a step towards victory and called what happened as a political vendetta.


In 2009 Assembly Elections, he was accused of hiding expenses on a paid supplement titled Ashok Parva in a leading Marathi daily.[16] However, He denied the allegation by the Election Commission of India of having inserted favourable Paid News in newspapers.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Previous MLAs from Mudkhed Assembly Constituency".
  2. ^ "Biodata - Ashok Chavan" (PDF). Pune Hitech. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2009. Retrieved 2008-12-04.
  3. ^ "Cong axes Chavan and Kalmadi over corruption allegations" The Hindu, 9 November 2010
  4. ^ a b "Profile: Ashok Chavan, in father's footsteps". Press Trust Of India. IBN Live (CNN-IBN). 5 December 2008. Archived from the original on 6 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-05.
  5. ^ "Government". Government of Maharashtra. Archived from the original on 2008-07-15. Retrieved 2008-12-04.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-05.
  7. ^ "Twin daughters, Punjabi wife make up home for Ashok Chavan". Times of India. 8 December 2008. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Ashok Chavan named Maharashtra CM". Rediff. 5 December 2008. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Ashok Chavan sworn in as Maharashtra CM". Rediff. 8 December 2008. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Congress retains all three CMs; Khandu, Hooda sworn in". Rediff. 25 October 2009. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Ashok Chavan frontrunner for CM's post". Rediff. 25 October 2009. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Chavan is Cong's first choice as Maha CM". Rediff. 22 October 2009. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  13. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "Ashok Chavan new MPCC chief". nagpurtoday.in.
  15. ^ "Ashok Chavan used his office to fund kins' bank: CAG". The Hindu. 23 April 2011. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  16. ^ "Ashok Chavan faces disqualification in paid news case of 2009". IANS. news.biharprabha.com. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  17. ^ "Maharashtra CM Chavan Challenges EC on Paid News" The Hindu, 21 July 2010.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Vilasrao Deshmukh
Chief Minister of Maharashtra
8 December 2008 – 10 November 2010
Succeeded by
Prithviraj Chavan

Official Website - Ashok Chavan