Named in FIR, political rehabilitation of Chavan unlikely soon

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New Delhi, Feb 3 (PTI) The FIR in the Adarsh housing scamhas dashed hopes of an early political rehabilitation offormer Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan.

"How can a party post is possible for Chavan in thebackdrop of the FIR?" a senior Congress leader, who declinedto be identified, said.

Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee is yet to bereconstituted and the reconstitution of the AICC secretariatis also on the cards.

Chavan was asked to step down as Chief Minister sometwo months back by party chief Sonia Gandhi pending an inquiryinto the Adarsh housing scam.

Reports from Mumbai had it that at least 20 CongressMLAs from the state along with three Independents startedlobbying for the former Chief Minister yesterday.

The MLAs, who are believed to be wanting deletion ofChavan''s name from the CBI FIR, called on Chief MinisterPrithviraj Chavan and urged him to "use his influence".

Maharashtra PCC chief Manickrao Thakre has alreadydistanced the party from Ashok Chavan over the Adarsh HousingSociety case.

Suresh Kalmadi, who is a Lok Sabha member from Pune,has been removed from the post of Secretary of the CongressParliamentary Party by Gandhi in the wake of the allegedirregularities in the conduct of the Commonwealth Games.

Kalmadi was the Chairman of the Organising Committee forthe Commonwealth Games, a post from which he was removed overa week back by newly-appointed Sports Minister Ajay Maken. PTISPG AMR

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