Former chief minister Ashok Chavan quit as the state unit chief following the humiliating drubbing in the Lok Sabha election.
Mumbai: The Maharashtra state Congress unit may have to wait for at least another week for a new state president, along with four working presidents, sources in the Congress party said on Thursday.
Even as the Assembly election is just three months away, the party continues to face crises all across India. The nation-wide churn within the party delayed the appointment of the new president in Maharashtra.
Former chief minister Ashok Chavan quit as the state unit chief following the humiliating drubbing in the Lok Sabha election. While Mr Chavan’s resignation was accepted, his successor has not yet been announced by the party high command.
A senior Congress party leader, who requested anonymity, said, “The State Congress unit may take at least a week time to get a new party chief. However, we can’t wait to hold a meeting over the seat sharing formula, as it would delay finalising seats for the Assembly election.”
Former revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat is all set to lead the state Congress unit. Ever since Radha-krishna Vikhe-Patil jumped over to the BJP, Mr Thorat has been strengthening himself in the party. Mr Thorat is considered the archrival of Vikhe-Patil in Ahmednagar.
A week ago, The Asian Age had reported that Mr Gandhi’s resignation would delay the appointment of the new MPCC president.