Maharashtra Assembly Elections 2019: Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam on Thursday said he won’t take part in Maharashtra Assembly election campaign, reports said. An angry Nirupam said there’s no point to continue campaigning for the party if his recommendations are not considered and respected. The Congress leader’s decision ahead of the Maharashtra Assembly election 2019 has come as a major blow for the party that is already struggling with several internal issues after the 2019 Lok Sabha debacle.
Congress’s Sanjay Nirupam seems upset with the party and recently announced he won’t participate in the Maharashtra Campaign for the upcoming Maharashtra elections. Nirupam took to Twitter and expressed his resentment towards the Congress party saying the party is not interested in his services anymore. It should be noted that Sanjay is almost on the verge of quitting the party.
Nirupam himself had joined the Congress after his introduction into politics with the Shiv Sena. A hardboiled leader who has grown from grassroots politics, Nirupam had been a relentless voice for the Congress, especially under Rahul Gandhi. The hiccup seems to have been his followers lacklustre support to Bollywood star Urmila Matondkar’s political debut which bombed quite spectacularly.
On Wednesday, the Congress and its close ally NCP announced that Samajwadi Party (SP) will contest on three seats as part of the alliance in the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly elections. The state will go to polls on October 21 and results will be declared on October 24 after counting.
Nirupam, who is not in good terms with other Mumbai Congress leaders including Milind Deora and Priya Dutt, was removed as the chief of the Congress in Mumbai earlier this year and replaced by rival Milind Deora.
Five months after joining the Congress, actor-turned-politician Urmila Matondkar had resigned from the party on September 10, 2019. Urmila cited “petty-in-house politics” within the Mumbai unit of the Congress as a reason for terminating her services to the party. In a statement, the 45-year-old actor said that her party was using her as a means to fight in-house politics instead of working on a bigger goal in Mumbai Congress. She added that her political and social sensibilities did not allow vested interests in the party to use her.
During Lok Sabha elections 2019, Matondkar contested her maiden elections from the Mumbai North Lok Sabha seat. She had lost the contest to BJP veteran Gopal Shetty. In the statement, she further referred to a letter written to the then Mumbai Congress chief Milind Deora on May 16 in which she had slammed the associates of senior Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam.
Soon after Deora resigned as the party chief in Mumbai, the letter written by Matondkar was released in the media in July, which later sparked a controversy within the party. In her statement, Matondkar called the entire matter “an act of blatant betrayal”. She further added that in spite of her repeated efforts, no actions were taken against her complaint.
In her statement, she also alleged that some of the party members who did not perform well in the elections were rewarded with newer positions instead of keeping them accountable for their acts and omissions. She concluded her statement saying that she would continue to work for people to the best of her capacity with honesty and dignity.