With few days left for the assembly elections in Haryana and Maharashtra to take place, the Congress party is facing major revolt from its senior leaders. Addressing a press briefing on Friday, former Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam exposed the Grand Old Party claiming that there is a conspiracy within the party to wind it up step-by-step. He stated that leaders working closely with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi are "biased", adding that they don't have an understanding of the functioning of the party. He went on to warn the party to not follow the model of 'AICC General Secretary's statements being the ultimatum', claiming that it will lead to even more degradation of the party.
"The people who are working with Sonia ji are biased. They don't have any knowledge and they are planning a conspiracy to finish the party one-by-one. There is a system within the Congress party which is AICC General Secretary. The model that whatever the General Secretary has said is final is faulty and there is a systematic fault within the party. If they don't come out of this model, then the party will face more failures," Sanjay Nirupam said during the media briefing.
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 on Thursday, Sanjay Nirupam had slammed the Congress party after his recommended name for the assembly elections from Mumbai was not included in the party's list of candidates. He had announced that he will not be campaigning for the party during the Maharashtra state elections, calling it his final "decision".
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.