'Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga' actress Sonam Kapoor congratulated Milind Deora after Congress President Rahul Gandhi appointed him as the Mumbai Congress chief on Monday.
The actress wrote: "Congratulations @milinddeora on being appointed as the president of Mumbai regional congress committee. I wish you all my best always. (emoji of Indian fla)." [sic]
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Milind Deora replaced Sanjay Nirupam, who represented North Mumbai Lok Sabha constituency from 2009 to 2014. The change at the top of the Mumbai Congress comes on the back of months of infighting between the two leaders and their respective camps.
Nirupam also congratulated Deora and said, “I hope he comes out successful and I’m sure he will work for the rights of people the way I did. Right now, people are unhappy with the BJP and Sena, so people will have a lot of expectations from Deora.”
Speaking to Republic TV in February, Milind Deora had cited 'difference of opinion' within the party with regards to the spat, though he hadn't named Nirupam directly.
Milind Deora had said, "Firstly there is no factionalism or crisis, there are differences of opinions that exist in every party in every part of the country its not unique to Congress party or Mumbai. There are senior party leaders in Mumbai who are upset, who want to contribute to the party, who believe that Rahul Gandhi is doing a commendable job, trying to up the ante against the government. He is touring the length and the breadth of the country, mobilising people, mobilising the party. We believe that there is strong anti-incumbency against the government both in Mumbai and other parts of the country. It is important for all of us in the Congress party to work together as a team and unitedly and ensure that we defeat the Shiv Sena-BJP in Maharashtra."
42-year-old Milind Deora has twice been a Member of the Lok Sabha from the Mumbai South constituency, and had served as the Minister of State for Communications and IT and Shipping under the UPA-2. Sanjay Nirupam, meanwhile, had been a Rajya Sabha member from Maharashtra from 1996 to 2006 and was elected to the Lok Sabha from the Mumbai North seat in 2009.