Maharashtra Congress Rift

Maharashtra Congress Rift

The rift between the senior leadership in Congress seems to have reached a breaking point. As the state heads to polls, Congress leaders in Maharashtra have resorted to name-calling against their own party mates. Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam called Milind Deora ‘nikamma’ and blamed him for ‘destroying the Congress party’.
I have been tolerating the humiliation for five months when I was unceremoniously removed from the post of Mumbai chief just before elections. He said the leadership was “side lining” him though he had served as Mumbai unit president for four years. But I endured it because I want what’s best for the party, but Milind Deora has destroyed it,” he said.
Sanjay Nirpuam reiterated his claim that the party leadership had humiliated him by rejecting the nomination of a single supporter recommended by him for the upcoming assembly polls. Miffed over ticket distribution in Maharashtra, Sanjay Nirupam had earlier said he will not campaign for the party in the Assembly polls scheduled for October 21.
Reacting to Nirupam’s latest tweet congress spokesperson Manish Tewari came heavily on Nirpuam and advised him to refrain from kite fly these conspiracy theories that are unimaginative and refrain from issuing statements which might help those who have brought the nation to this passe. Thus categorically downplaying his threat that if his grievances are not redressed he might leave the party. Tewari said it is understandable that there are differences over ticket distribution and Sanjay Nirupam is angry over it, but asked him to work with maturity and perceptivity.
Meanwhile, taking advantage of infighting in congress BJP has galvanised various interest groups which were disgruntled. It has also been organising almost mass-level defections from the Congress. The grand-old party is the worst hit in Maharashtra, where a number of senior party leaders have joined the BJP, merely weeks before the assembly elections.