Tuesday 13 February 2024

Ashok Chavan's Tongue Slip Makes Devendra Fadnavis Chuckle

Ashok Chavan's Tongue Slip Makes Devendra Fadnavis Chuckle

Maharashtra's Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis couldn't contain his laughter as Ashok Chavan, a fresh recruit to the BJP after 38 years in the Congress, made a rather amusing misstep. While addressing the Mumbai BJP chief Ashish Shelar, Chavan mistakenly called him the "Mumbai Congress President."

This slip of the tongue left Chavan blushing and drew hearty chuckles from the BJP supporters gathered to welcome him. Fadnavis swiftly corrected him before joining in the laughter himself.

"Any decision on Mr. Chavan filing nomination for the Rajya Sabha polls will be taken by the central leadership of the party," Fadnavis informed the media, adding that the BJP is well aware of how to utilize the senior leader's experience.

Chavan, son of former Maharashtra Chief Minister Shankarrao Chavan, holds significant sway in the Nanded region. His departure comes at a critical juncture for the Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance (comprising Shiv Sena, NCP, and Congress) which faces two major upcoming elections.

Chavan, a former Chief Minister himself, has held key positions in the Congress, including Maharashtra Congress chief and member of the Congress Working Committee. He has served as an MP from Nanded twice and been a member of both houses of the state legislature.

After serving as state minister, he was chosen as Chief Minister after Vilasrao Deshmukh stepped down following the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. The Congress retained him at the helm after the 2009 state polls, but his stint was cut short due to corruption allegations related to the Adarsh Housing Society scam.

"The court has ruled in our favor," Chavan said in response to a question about the allegations.

Leaving the Congress wasn't an easy decision, Chavan admitted. "I didn't take this decision overnight. I did it for the people of my district. It's true the Congress gave me a lot, but I served them well too," he said.

Congress leaders earlier reacted strongly to Chavan's defection. Senior leader Jairam Ramesh took a veiled jab, calling him a "washing machine" - a reference the Congress often uses to accuse the BJP of shielding Opposition leaders who switch sides by stalling investigations against them.

So, Ashok Chavan's slip of the tongue provided some light-hearted amusement for Devendra Fadnavis. What do you think of this political move? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


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