Upset With Rajya Sabha Selection, Maharashtra Congress Chief Quits Publish


Mr Deshmukh has argued that fielding a neighborhood chief would have strengthened the social gathering. (file)


Alleging “imposition” of an outsider within the state, Maharashtra Congress chief Ashish Deshmukh as we speak wrote to Congress president Sonia Gandhi saying his resignation from the publish of Normal Secretary of the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee. Calling it an injustice on Congress employees, Mr Deshmukh objected to Uttar Pradesh chief Imran Pratapgarhi being named the social gathering’s decide from Maharashtra. One other senior Congress chief from the state, Nagma, had yesterday expressed disappointment on Mr Pratapgarhi being chosen for the higher home.

“Imposing an outdoor candidate won’t profit the social gathering when it comes to progress. That is injustice in direction of basic Congress employees in Maharashtra,” he stated, including that he’ll proceed to work with the Congress social gathering “as a loyal Congress employee” and fulfil his commitments.

The Congress listing of Rajya Sabha candidates that was launched yesterday, inflicting huge resentment within the ranks, named 34-year-old Imran Pratapgarhi, the Congress minority division chairperson and a poet, a candidate from Maharashtra.

In 2019, Mr Pratapgarhi had contested the Lok Sabha election from Moradabad on a Congress ticket however misplaced his to the BJP candidate.

Mr Deshmukh has argued that fielding a neighborhood chief would have strengthened the social gathering however the management has chosen to usher in a political light-weight from one other state as a substitute.

Pawan Kheda, who’s from Rajasthan and was broadly seen as a shoo-in from the Congress, was not on the Rajya Sabha listing. “Possibly there’s something lacking in my penance,” he tweeted yesterday morning.

Responding to his tweet, Congress chief Nagma expressed her disappointment at Mr Pratapgarhi being thought of over her. She wrote, “Our 18 years of penance additionally fell brief in entrance of Imran Bhai.”

She additionally posted: “Sonia Ji, our Congress president, had personally dedicated to accommodating me in Rajya Sabha in 2003/04. Once I joined the Congress social gathering on her behest we weren’t in energy then. Since then, it has been 18 years, they did not discover a chance. Mr Imran is accommodated in RS from Maha. I ask, am I much less deserving?”

Sources near the G-23 or Group of 23 “dissenters” within the Congress have additionally raised many questions on the selection of candidates for the higher home of parliament. The social gathering has chosen “outsiders” in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh as properly, the 2 states the place it’s in energy.

The social gathering yesterday introduced 10 candidates for the Rajya Sabha elections, skipping many outstanding leaders.


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