Mumbai, January 6: Almost three months before the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls, old Congress rivals have kept aside their differences and united to fight for the biggest civic polls of 2017. Former Member of Parliament and senior Congress leader Gurudas Kamat has started working for the party in his constituency while former MP Priya Dutt and Milind Deora have joined hands for campaigning against BJP and Shiv Sena who are likely to form an alliance to contest BMC elections. All three leaders have been given specific responsibilities for the campaigning.
According to Asian Age, the Congress Party in Mumbai, led by Sanjay Nirupam, has brought in all senior party leaders together ahead of the much-awaited polls of Mumbai. After Congress party’s humiliating defeat in 2014 Lok Sabha Elections, Sanjay Nirupam was selected as the head of Mumbai Congress Committee. After his selection, Sanjay Nirupam held several meetings with Congress leaders and MLAs from Mumbai to bring a new lease of life to the party.
After the meeting, it was decided that MLAs and former ministers, especially Gurudas Kamat, Milind Deora and Priya Dutt will be the star campaigners for the party.
According to reports, Nirupam said, that their group held over 100 small meetings in various parts of the city to connect with various communities. Nirupam was quoted by Asian Age where he said, “Gurudas Kamatji is our star campaigner for the polls. Milind Deora has been made chief of campaigning committee while Priya Dutt is heading the manifesto committee”. Nirupam said that every Congress leaders will participate in campaigning.
Earlier there were reports that Gurudas Kamat, a former MP from Goregaon area was miffed with the party and he had even threatened senior Congress leaders to quit. Kamat’s relationship with Nirupam are also not smooth and on the other side, Priya Dutt and Milind Deora had distanced themselves from the party after losing the Lok Sabha polls. Since last two years, Priya Dutta and Milind Deora were not seen at major party meetings and programmes.
But after the latest development, there are chances that some senior leaders from Delhi will be called on few occasions to campaign for Congress. Since last two months, Congress party in Mumbai is also trying to capitalise on people who have been affected by the state government’s demonetisation decision. The party is even trying to concentrate on newly carved wards where the population of minority is in large numbers.