A day after Congress' Sanjay Nirupam announced that he will not campaign for the party in the upcoming Maharashtra assembly polls, he has, on Friday, admitted that Muslims are a vote bank. The former Congress chief of Mumbai has said that he thinks there should be at least one Muslim candidate in each constituency. He said that the Muslims are a loyal vote bank and that they vote for the party in huge numbers. Hitting out at the Central leadership of Congress, Nirupam added that they are unable to understand and accept the power of Muslim vote bank in the districts of Maharashtra.
"I believe that there should be one Muslim candidate from each district. Why should it be like this? It is because Muslims are a vote bank. They are loyal vote bank and votes in massive numbers. But the Congress leadership in Delhi is unable to fathom the societal intricacy of these vote banks - somewhere they have nominated three Muslim candidates from the same district, at other places, there are no Muslim candidates. This is creating a question in front of Muslim society as well. They also have aspirations. No one in Delhi is understanding or accepting this fact," Nirupam said.
Sanjay Nirupam took down his successor Milind Deora after the latter stepped down as the Maharashtra Congress chief. Nirupam called the "removal" of Deora from his post as "appropriate" further stating his inability to perform. He said, "Removal of Milind Deora as MRCC President is an appropriate decision taken by Congress because he was not able to perform and energise the cadre. Assembly elections are just 40 days away. The acting president must take everyone into confidence to give the Shiv Sena and BJP a respectable fight."
Nirupam had also alleged that Deora's resignation sounded like a move to climb up his political career back in July, then taking the onus of the loss in the Lok Sabha elections and making self-sacrifice. He also said that Congress should be beware of such 'diligent workers'. "There is a feeling of sacrifice in resignation. Here the next thought after resignation is to ask for the 'National Level' post. Is this a resignation or a ladder to climb up? The party should beware of such diligent workers," he said in a tweet.
Maharashtra which has 288 Assembly seats will go to polls on 21 October 2019, the Election Commission announced on Saturday noon. Maharashtra assembly elections will be held in a single-phase, and the counting procedure would be conducted on October 24. The Election Commission chief Sunil Arora also announced that the last date of nomination is on October 4. Arora also informed that the parties in Maharashtra had wanted the polls to be concluded by Dhanteras.