Fresh trouble seems to be brewing within the Congress party in two different states, with sections of Mumbai regional Congress indulging in an in-fight over the removal of Sanjay Nirupam as the party's city chief, while the Karnataka Congress leaders complaining to Siddaramiah about the CM HD Kumaraswamy.
In Mumbai, one faction, led by the likes of Eknath Gaekwad, Amin Patel and Baba Siddiqui, met All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Mallikarjun Kharge seeking removal of Sanjay Nirupam from his position and replacing him with former IT minister Milind Deora.
Speaking to the media, Congress MLA Amin Patel said that the party workers had met AICC general secretary Mallikarjun Kharge seeking the appointment of Milind Deora as the city chief of the Congress party. He further added that those supporting Deora have sought a meeting with Congress President Rahul Gandhi on this matter. He reasoned the demand by stating that the party needs a young face in Mumbai, who can possibly unite the different factions within the Congress party.
After the revolt against him, Nirupam spoke to the media, wherein he defended his position as the Congress Mumbai chief. He said, "I am Rahul Gandhi loyalist. I was appointed to this post by Rahul Gandhi. He gave me the orders to fight for the citizens of Mumbai and improve the working of Congress in the city. Since the past three years, I have been on the streets every other day for the questions posed by the people of Mumbai. And I will keep on doing it till the time I am the chief of Mumbai Congress. And till what time will I stay, the Congress President shall decide that, and no one else."
The loyalists of Nirupam have slammed the party workers revolting against the party's present city chief, stating that it is an ‘opportunistic alliance’ of Congress leaders who were not contributing to the party.
Claiming this whole saga as an 'opportunistic move', the supporters of Nirupam have slammed those seeking his removal. They also questioned the work done during the recent Bharat Bandh by the party supporters in South Mumbai, the area which Deora represents.
Heading south, the problem for Congress only seems to increase. In Karnataka, sources have told Republic TV that Congress leaders complained to Siddaramiah against Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy. A group of leaders, led by minister Zameer Ahmed Khan met the former CM on Monday morning at his residence and reportedly said that Deputy CM G Parameshwara is siding with HDK and is sidelining Congress leaders.
Further, Siddharamiah had reportedly told them to keep dissidence in check till Lok sabha elections and has assured them that he will take up the issues with central leadership. Following this controversy, Siddaramiah, G Parameshwara, DK Shivakumar, KPCC president Dinesh Gundurao and working president Eashwar Khandre have been summoned to Delhi on September 19th for a meeting with the high command.