Ashok Chavan today resigned as Maharashtra Chief Minister following a directive from Congress chief Sonia Gandhi in the wake of the Adarsh Housing Society scam.
Hours after Gandhi accepted his resignation offer and directed him to tender his resignation, Chavan drove to Raj Bhawan and met Governor K Sankaranarayanan and put in his papers.
While accepting his resignation, the Governor asked him to continue in the post till further arrangements are made.
51-year-old Chavan had on October 30 offered to resign during a meeting with Gandhi after it emerged that three of his relatives were members of the housing society in upmarket Colaba.
Meanwhile, a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting will be held at Vidhan Bhavan today at 2200 hours to elect a new leader.
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Defence Minister A K Antony will attend the meeting as central observers.
The Congress decision came hours before the winter session of Parliament was set to commence in which the opposition had threatened to vociferously raise the issue.
Gandhi decided to remove Chavan even before Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Defence Minister A K Antony could submit a report on the housing scam.
She had asked the two senior leaders to submit their report immediately after the scam before out.
BJP-led NDA had declared that it would not allow Parliament to function till "strong action" is taken in the matter.
The direction to Chavan went minutes after US President Barack Obama left India after concluding a 3-day visit. It was Chavan, who had received Obama when he landed in Mumbai on Saturday.