After taking a step back from participating in the Maharashtra poll campaign days ahead of the assembly elections in the state, Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam on Thursday launched an astonishing attack on his own party. In a press briefing, Sanjay Nirupam alleged that Sonia Gandhi and the party high command are surrounded by 'Chaploosis' (Sycophants) and the party needs to learn how to treat people who are not their 'Chaploos'. He also mentioned that if the party continues treating him in such a manner he might leave the party.
Speaking to the media, Nirupam said, "I would like to say that I won't be contesting in the upcoming Maharashtra assembly polls. The Congress party management must try to learn and understand the new and changed conditions. And according to those conditions the people working for the party, the people who are not interested in the 'Chaploosi' and also who do not prefer doing politics behind closed doors, the party must give importance to such people."
"Otherwise, the Congress party will face more bad days, the condition of the party will deteriorate this is what I think."
The former MP also stated that while he has no intention to quit Congress, he will not be able to stick to the party for long with the present scenario continuing. He added that he will not be a part of the party's campaigns for upcoming Maharashtra polls.
"I don't think I would want to leave the party but if the things within the party continue to be like this, then I don't think I can be in the party for long. I will not take part in election campaign," he added.
Earlier, in a tweet, the former Congress Mumbai chief expressed his dismay against the grand old party for rejecting his only recommendations for the Assembly elections.
It seems Congress Party doesn’t want my services anymore. I had recommended just one name in Mumbai for Assembly election. Heard that even that has been rejected.— Sanjay Nirupam (@sanjaynirupam) October 3, 2019
As I had told the leadership earlier,in that case I will not participate in poll campaign.
Its my final decision.
The elections for the 288-member Legislative Assembly in Maharashtra will be held on October 21, along with Haryana in a single phase. Counting of votes in both states will take place on October 24. The Congress party is contesting the elections in the state in an alliance with the NCP-led by senior leader Sharad Pawar. The two parties arrived on a seat-sharing arrangement of 125 each, leaving 38 seats for smaller allies.