New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Stressing upon the increasing conflict in the Mumbai Congress just weeks ahead of the assembly polls in Maharashtra, former Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam on Thursday said that he will not campaign in the upcoming elections for Congress as his recommendations given to the party for choosing candidates was rejected and the party ignored his recommendations completely.

“It seems the Congress party doesn’t want my services anymore. I had recommended just one name in Mumbai for the Assembly election. Heard that even that has been rejected. As I had told the leadership earlier, in that case, I will not participate in the poll campaign,” he wrote in a tweet.

In an interview given to CNN-News18, Sanjay Nirupam pointed towards the rejecting behavior of the Congress party towards his recommendations and advice despite being a senior member of the party and former chief.

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Nirupam said, "I being a senior member of the Congress party deserve some respect. I only suggested one name or the Maharashtra assembly polls, that too was rejected. Three lists have been released till now, I had already told the senior leadership that if that name is not given the ticket, I won't be taking part in the election campaign".

However, in another appeasing tweet he said that the time has yet to come to bid adieu to the party. He wrote, “But the way the leadership is behaving with me, it doesn’t seem far away.”

Earlier in the day, showcasing the conflict of interest in the Congress party, former Maharashtra Chief Minister Narayan Rane’s son, Nitesh Rane ditched the grand old party for BJP, leaving his place empty just ahead of the polls.

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The discord in the Mumbai Congress was highlighted after actor-turned-politician Urmila Matondkar -- who unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 -- resigned from the Congress putting blame on two Mumbai north Congress leaders close to Nirupam.

 

Soon after Urmila resigned, Congress’ senior leader Milind Deora also launched an attack on Sanjay Nirupam without naming him and said that Urmila was let down down by those who brought her to the party and the Mumbai North leaders should be held accountable. 

Posted By: Talib Khan