Nirupam criticised over candidate selection


Mumbai Congress Chief Sanjay Nirupam came under attack from party MLAs at a meeting on for trying to undermine their role in the organisation ahead of the crucial Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls.

“Ex-MLAs and sitting MLAs know the cadre who worked for them in the assembly elections and attempts to cut down on their influence in the district unit committees and parliamentary board is wrong,” a party leader told after the meeting on Saturday.

“Nirupam was questioned how he has selected candidates without consultations in the district committees and parliamentary board. The issue came up because many aspiring candidates have reportedly set up their election offices. However, Nirupam clarified that process of candidate selection has not been done and the final decision will be taken in Delhi,” the leader said on the condition of anonymity.

He said earlier Nirupam had announced block presidents without consultations with other leaders in the city unit.

AICC General Secretary in charge of Gujarat and Rajasthan, Gurudas Kamat was also present at the meeting.

He cautioned against division in the party rank and file.

“Nirupam will send his list of candidates to Delhi for approval and the blame will come on party Vice President Rahul Gandhi as the party is not expected to win many seats,” the party leader who was present at the meeting, said.