Congress' Sanjay Nirupam accuses Milind Deora of hankering for national-level post; terms his resignation 'ladder for political growth'

  • Senior Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam accused former MP Milind Deora, who quit as Mumbai Congress president, of hankering for a national-level post

  • Nirupam criticised Deora's suggestion for a panel of three senior Congress leaders to oversee the Mumbai unit till the Maharashtra Assembly polls

  • Deora had replaced Nirupam as the Mumbai Congress chief ahead of the Lok Sabha polls held in April-May

Mumbai: The resignation of Milind Deora as the Mumbai Congress president on Sunday exposed the faultlines in the party unit once again with senior leader Sanjay Nirupam accusing the former MP of hankering for a national-level post.

 Congress Sanjay Nirupam accuses Milind Deora of hankering for national-level post; terms his resignation ladder for political growth

File photo of Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam. PTI

Nirupam also criticised Deora's suggestion to set up a panel comprising three senior Congress leaders to oversee the Mumbai unit till the Maharashtra Assembly polls, saying such a move would "ruin" the party further. The Assembly polls are due in September-October.

"A resignation is linked to the sentiment of sacrifice. In this case, a 'national' level post is being sought. Is this a resignation or a ladder to grow politically? The party should be cautious of such 'hard-working' people," Nirupam said in a tweet in Hindi.

Deora had replaced Nirupam as the Mumbai Congress chief ahead of the Lok Sabha polls held in April-May.

"The idea to appoint a three-member committee to run Mumbai Congress in place of the President is not at all appropriate. It will ruin the party further," Nirupam said in another tweet.

Announcing his resignation earlier in the day, Deora said he was looking forward to a role at the national level to help stabilise the grand old party. He also said political realities had changed since the Lok Sabha results. "All of us will have to get ready for roles that these times demand," he said.

Deora had expressed his desire to quit after meeting former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi on 26 June. Gandhi himself resigned as the party president on 3 July. As in 2014, Deora lost to Union minister Arvind Sawant of the Shiv Sena from the Mumbai South seat in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

Updated Date: Jul 07, 2019 21:05:57 IST