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Political Drama Unfolds: Prithviraj Chavan’s Narrow Escape from Resignation

The Ashadhi Ekadashi Twist: Prithviraj Chavan's Political Survival and Vikhe Patil's Strategic Moves

December 12, 2023: In a revelation that has sent shockwaves through political circles, it has been disclosed that former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan narrowly escaped resigning from his post back in 2014. The unfolding events were centered around the sacred occasion of Ashadhi Ekadashi, marked by Chavan’s performance of a puja before heading to Delhi.

The stage for this political drama was set as movements to finalize Chavan’s resignation were underway in Delhi. However, a twist of fate occurred after a crucial meeting with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who had just returned from abroad. Sources indicate that it was after this meeting that Chavan’s decision to step down was averted, saving his chief ministership.

During this critical period, Agriculture Minister Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, eyeing the coveted position of Chief Minister, was actively engaged in political maneuvers. Names such as Balasaheb Thorat and Harshvardhan Patil also surfaced as potential successors to Chavan.

Notably, a senior state leader, speaking to reporters, disclosed that Chavan had initially planned to resign after Ashadhi Ekadashi in 2014. The revelation sheds light on the behind-the-scenes discussions involving prominent leaders vying for the chief ministerial role.

Vikhe Patil, positioned in Delhi at the same time, had strategically aligned political forces in his favor to secure the coveted post. Even the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) signaled approval, amplifying speculations surrounding his potential elevation.

Amidst the swirl of anticipations that Vikhe Patil would soon be sworn in as Chief Minister, a surprising turn of events unfolded. In an unexpected twist, he lost the race for the chief ministerial position. Subsequently, in the 2014 general elections, the Congress-NCP alliance faced defeat in the state, and Vikhe Patil assumed the role of Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly.

Undeterred, Vikhe Patil later made a significant political move during the Ashadhi Ekadashi of 2019 by joining the Bharatiya Janata Party. This revelation opens a window into the intricate web of political strategies and alliances that shape the course of leadership in Maharashtra.


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