Congress leaders Gurudas Kamat, Kripashankar Singh and Arif Naseem Khan have joined hands to demand the ouster of Sanjay Nirupam.
Congress leaders are unhappy with the MRCC president Sanjay Nirupam over the goof up of the article published in the party mouthpiece Congress Darshan criticising Sonia Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. They have demanded the ouster of Nirupam for his anti-party activities. Party workers had chanted slogans against Nirupam in the special meet to felicitate re-elected MLC Ashok (Bhai) Jagtap. Party cadres from across the city had gathered in large numbers at the MRCC headquarters.
A leader from the Gurudas Kamat camp said that the programme had to be cancelled due to terror attack at Pathankot. The party workers had planned to intensify their protest against Nirupam but it was averted as the programme was called off.
“Had the programme not been cancelled, Nirupam would have faced a tough time,” a Kamat supporter said.
“Since Sanjay Nirupam is a former Shiv Sena MP his thinking has not changed despite quitting the party. He is following the ideology of Sena” said a Congress party member on the condition of anonymity.
Congress leaders Gurudas Kamat, Kripashankar Singh and Arif Naseem Khan have joined hands to demand the ouster of Nirupam. Mumbai Congress unit leaders will meet Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi after his arrival from overseas to press for their demand for the removal of Nirupam.
Arif Naseem Khan said, “Nirupam is not above the party and there should be action against him.”
Sanjay Nirupam has already tendered an apology for the article and he also held the content editor Sudhir Joshi responsible for this mistake. Joshi has been sacked for the error. On the other hand, party members are blaming Nirupam for this act.
“Mumbai Congress strongly condemns the terror attacks and pays homage to the martyred soldiers. We appeal to the government to take strongest steps to view the issue seriously and ensure security in the country,” Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam said after the programme was cancelled.
On its 131st foundation Day, the Congress party and its Mumbai unit were stumped and left highly embarrassed after a unflattering article appeared in the Mumbai Congress party’s Hindi publication ‘Congress Darshan’. In the article, which was meant to be a tribute to Sardar Vallabhai Patel’s death anniversary on November 15, blames Nehru for a number of problems facing the country today.
“Nehru then was looking after the foreign affairs and had kept the Kashmir issue with him claiming it was an international issue. The problem that India is facing in Kashmir today would not have happened if Patel’s views would have been considered then.” says the article.