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Chavan joins long list of CMs accused of nepotism

mumbai Updated: Oct 31, 2010 01:00 IST
Dharmendra Jore

Ashok Chavan is not the first chief minister of Maharashtra who might lose his chair because of alleged nepotism.

Congress chief ministers Shivajirao Nilangekar and Vilasrao Deshmukh have had to step down after allegations of nepotism.

Nilangekar, who was chief minister from June 1985 to March 1986, had to resign after his name appeared in a court case, during which the judge remarked that Nilangekar's doctor daughter's marks were increased at his behest.

For Deshmukh, who was serving his second term as chief minister from 2004, the 26/11 terror attacks spelled doom. After the attacks, the chief minister, on one of his inspection tours at the Taj hotel, was seen in the company of film director Ramgopal Varma. Deshmukh's son, actor Riteish, who was also with the chief minister, had invited Varma.

Deshmukh's attempt to salvage the situation by saying that he did not try to mask Varma's presence because the state administration had provided the media with a video recording could not save his position.

Shaky post

Since 1960, Maharashtra has had 21 chief ministers and 13 Congressmen have held the post
Congress CMs Shivajirao Nilangekar and Vilasrao Deshmukh stepped down after allegations of nepotism
So did the state's first non-Congress chief minister, Shiv Sena's Manohar Joshi, for allegations of nepotism
Nilangekar, CM from June 1985 to March 1986, had to resign after his name appeared in a court case
For Vilasrao Deshmukh, who was serving his second term as chief minister from 2004, the 26/11 terror attacks spelled doom
The longest-serving CM was Vasantrao Naik, who is the only one to complete a five-year term — from 1967 to 1972.

Since 1960, the state has had 21 chief ministers, and 13 Congressmen have held the post. The longest-serving chief minister was Vasantrao Naik, who is the only one to complete a five-year term — from 1967 to 1972.

Even the state's first non-Congress chief minister, Shiv Sena's Manohar Joshi, was accused of nepotism.

He was asked to step down following allegations of favouring a close relative in lucrative land deals.