The Congress on Sunday sought a CBI probe into the torture, public trial, and subsequent death of a second-year student, Sidharth, in the hostel of Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University at Pookode in Wayanad on February 18.
Former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan’s resignation came as a big surprise for the Congress as he had attended the party’s strategy meeting held on Sunday.
“Ashok Chavan’s decision is unfortunate and shocking. We don’t know what compulsion he had or what pressure was put on him. He even participated in our strategy meeting yesterday. Don’t know what happened in night that he decided to quit the party,” said Senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan.
In a one line resignation letter, Chavan said he is resigning from the primary membership of the party. He has also resigned as an MLA from the Maharashtra legislative assembly.
Speaking to reporters in Mumbai, Ashok Chavan said, “I met the Speaker and resigned from the Assembly’s membership as I was elected as an MLA from the Congress party. I have also resigned from the Congress Working Committee and party’s primary membership.”
Amid buzz over his switch to the BJP along with a dozen other Congress MLAs, the former Maharashtra CM said that he will take his time to decide the next course of action.
“I have no complaints. It is not in my nature to complain about anyone. This is my individual decision. I will take my own time to make my decision,” he said, adding “I have not talked to any Congress MLA, this is not my intention.”
Meanwhile, Congress general general secretary in-charge of communications Jairam Ramesh took a veiled attack on Chavan and said, “When friends and colleagues leave a political party that has given them much, perhaps much more than they deserved, it is always a matter of anguish. But to those who are vulnerable, that washing machine will always prove more attractive than ideological commitment or personal loyalties.”
“These betrayers do not realise that their exit opens up vast new opportunities to those whose growth they have always stunted,” he wrote on X.