Congress MP Husain Dalwai, on Friday, has accused Priya Dutt of manipulating the ticket allocation process in Maharashtra. He said that she was undeserving of the importance given to her. This comes a day after former Congress president from Mumbai Sanjay Nirupam's Twitter declaration and hours after his press conference where he declared that he will not be a part of the election campaign for the upcoming Maharashtra State Assembly elections. Dalwai also alleged that there was definitely a problem in the Mumbai wing of the party because of the reshuffle of leadership at the state level.
Calling out Priya Dutt’s decision, Husain Dalwai said, "Based on Priya Dutt's suggestions they gave two-three tickets even though she does not even work. Even during her elections (Lok Sabha), she was not working. They could have given one ticket to Sanjay Nirupam too from the seat of his choice. I am surprised with what is happening here, the candidate who has been allotted seat from Bandra East should have fought from the West instead."
Talking about party’s leadership and what happened with Sanjay Nirupam, Dalwai said, "There is definitely some issue with the party leadership in Mumbai, I had written about it to the central leadership too."
"Earlier, Mohan Prakashji used to hear our problems, but Khargeji is fairly new and does not know much about here. He doesn't listen to us. That is problematic, especially since it has happened just before elections. I had a chat with Nirupamji, such things happen during the election season but whatever he said about Milind Deora should not be said. It is also true that sidelining him in this phase will hurt Congress. The party should have accepted the demands put forth by Sanjay Nirupam.”
Local Councillor Advocate Tulip Brian Miranda has penned down a letter to Sonia Gandhi accusing Priya Dutt of selling seats to undeserving people in Mumbai.
In her letter, Tulip wwrote, "My heart cries that a winning seat will be lost only because of Priya Dutt's interference to satisfy her ego."
Through this letter, Tulip Miranda wanted to bring to Sonia Gandhi's notice, the problems in the candidate selection process. She started her letter by saying that "Priya Dutt has again been successful in selling the seat". Councillor Tulip Miranda wrote this letter to highlight that her husband Brian Miranda who has been the Municipal Corporator of 175 Kalina Vidhansabha was denied the seat because of Priya Dutt's vested interests.
Sanjay Nirupam also slammed the Congress party on Friday. Talking about his experience, Sanjay Nirupam said, “There are 36 seats in Mumbai and, I had asked all senior leaders for one seat in my Lok Sabha (LS) constituency, and that I will give them one capable MLA. It was someone who had worked hard in the last LS polls. And today I got to know that they are rejecting the name I had recommended. That implies the party does not need my services, and if the party does not need my services, then it's better that I withdraw from the election campaign."
(With ANI Inputs)