Prithviraj Chavan resigns from Rajya Sabha
A week after chief minister Prithviraj Chavan was elected as legislator to the state legislative council, he resigned from the Rajya Sabha.Updated: May 07, 2011 01:06 IST
A week after chief minister Prithviraj Chavan was elected as legislator to the state legislative council, he resigned from the Rajya Sabha.
Chavan tendered his resignation to vice president Hamid Ansari, who is also chairman of the Rajya Sabha, at New Delhi on Friday evening.
On April 27, Chavan was elected as legislator as an unopposed candidate and so had to give up his seat in the Rajya Sabha.
Chavan, who was a minister of state in the Prime Minister’s Office, was shifted to Maharashtra in a jiffy when his predecessor Ashok Chavan was asked to step down following the Adarsh housing society scam in November 2010.
Rules mandate that the chief minister get elected to either of the houses in the state within six months to retain the post.
While Chavan was in Delhi to submit his resignation, the Supreme Court asked him to reply on the matter relating to Shiv Sena MLA Anil Parab’s petition within six weeks.
Parab claimed that the by-election in the legislative council was in violation of rules because his matter is pending in the court.
His original petition claimed that the house had revoked the suspension of four MNS legislators to facilitate voting for the Congress. “The by-election was not legal and cannot be considered because I had approached the Supreme Court immediately after the high court gave the ruling,” Parab said.