With an eye on national role, Milind Deora quits Mumbai Cong chief post

With an eye on national role, Milind Deora quits Mumbai Cong chief post

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New Delhi, July 7 : Amid the spate of resignation in the Congress after taking responsibility of the dismal performance in the Lok Sabha polls, Mumbai Congress president Milind Deora on Sunday, too quit his post.

Mr Deora, however, indicated that he may take up an important role at the national level to stabilise the party.

"I had accepted MRCC presidentship in the interest of uniting the party. I felt I should also resign after meeting Rahul Gandhi. I suggested a panel and am being consulted by leaders to identity names. I look forward to playing a national role to help stabilise the party. Needless to say, I will continue to guide and unite Mumbai Congress” said Mr. Deora in a statement issued by his office.

Mr Deora's resignation comes days after Mr Gandhi stepped down from Congress president post, leaving the grand old party in the lurch on leadership crisis.

Mr Deora's resignation, too, is in solidarity with Mr Gandhi's taking collective responsibility of the disastrous performance in the Lok Sabha polls.

Mr Deora was appointed as Mumbai Congress chief just before the Lok Sabha polls, replacing Sanjay Nirupam, to end the factional feud between the leaders.

In the Lok Sabha polls, the Congress, however, lost all the six seats in Mumbai, including that of Mr Deora, who lost to Shiv Sena's Arvind Swant from Mumbai South constituency.

Mr Deora pointed out that in the statement that taking on the BJP-Shiv Sena and 'negating the impact' of Prakash Ambedkar's Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi was a challenge for the Congress in Maharashtra.

Mr Deora has also said that he had expressed his wish to quit shortly after meeting with Mr Gandhi on June 26.

“The same has been conveyed to All India Congress Committee general secretaries Mallikarjun Kharge and K C Venugopal,” the statement added.

He also recommended a provisional collective leadership comprising three senior Congress leaders to oversee the party's Mumbai unit till the Maharashtra assembly polls, due later this year.

Meanwhile, AICC general secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh (West) Jyotiraditya Schindia has also resigned from his post.

"Accepting the people’s verdict and taking accountability, I had submitted my resignation as General Secretary of AICC to Rahul Gandhi. I thank him for entrusting me with this responsibility and for giving me the opportunity to serve our party", Mr Scindia said in a tweet.

It is learned that the grand old party is planning a meeting of its highest decision making body, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) to find a suitable replacement for Mr Gandhi, soon. (UNI)