Ashok Shankarrao Chavan is an Indian politician and the former Chief Minister of Maharashtra. He is a member of the Indian National Congress and is the current chief of the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee. Apart from being the Chief Minister, Ashok Chavan has also held the office of Minister of Mines and Protocol and Cultural Affairs Minister. His father, Mr. Shankarrao Chavan is also a former Chief Minister of Maharashtra, making this father son duo the first to have held the office of CM for the state. Ashok Chavan was born on 28th October 1958 in Maharashtra to Shankarrao Chavan and Kusumbai Chavan. His father was a politician and member of the Indian National Congress at the time and served as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra from 1975-1977 and 1986-1988. Ashok completed his Bachelors in Science from Hazarimal Jomani College in Mumbai and later completed his MBA from BYK College of Commerce in Nashik. He then started his political career and became the General Secretary of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee. He contested the 1987-88 General Elections and was elected as the Member of Parliament from the Nanded constituency. In 1992, he was elected as M.L.C. to the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly and later appointed as the Minister of State for Public Works, Urban Development and Home in March 1993. In 2003, Mr. Chavan was appointed the Minister for Transports, Ports, Cultural Affairs & Protocol under the then Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Mr. Vilasrao Deshmukh under the Congress Government. In the 2009 elections, after Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) formed the coalition government, Ashok Chavan was appointed as the Chief Minister. This was mainly because NCP Chief, Mr. Sharad Pawar had issues with the other candidate for the post, Mr. Sushil Kumar Shinde. Ashok Chavan was appointed as the Chief Minister as he belongs to the Maratha Community which constitute approximately 30-40% of population in Maharashtra. His selection was seen as an affirmation to the wide vote bank of the community. He took the oath as the Chief Minister on 8th December 2008 but was forced to resign on 9th November 2010 after he was named in the Aadarsh Scam. Chavan was accused to bend several rules related to the land and the building in lieu of getting flats in the 31 storey Aadarsh Building meant for the welfare of war widows and personnel of India's Defence Ministry. Apart from Aadarsh Scam, Chavan has also been alleged for using his position in the government to grant funds to his relatives bank and for hiding the expenses in the 2009 Assembly Elections. He was alleged of hiding the expenses paid to a supplement titled Ashok Parva in a leading Marathi Newspaper. He has however denied all the allegations upon him. Ashok Chavhan is married to Ameeta Sharma Chavan and the couple has two children: Sujaya and Ajaya. Despite all the allegations of corruptions and controversies surrounding him, he contested the 2014 general elections and won the election with a huge margin and then took over as the Chief of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee. He is also the President of a charitable voluntary organization titled Sai Sevabhavi Trust, Nanded.