Maharashtra and Mumbai Congress join Rahul Gandhi for party president

MRCC’s move was on expected lines as all members were unanimous in their speeches that Rahul Gandhi is the national leader who is aggressive and fearless leading the common man.

Sanjay JogUpdated: Monday, September 19, 2022, 09:26 PM IST
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The Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) and the Mumbai Regional Congress Committee (MRCC) on Monday at separate meetings passed resolutions requesting Rahul Gandhi, who is currently on the Bharat Jodo padayatra, to be elected as the president of the All India Congress Committee. Both these resolutions came days after the Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh units passed resolutions seeking the elevation of Rahul Gandhi as the party president.

These resolutions were on expected lines as all members were unanimous in their speeches that Rahul Gandhi is the national leader, who is aggressive and fearless and is leading the common man.

At the MPCC meeting, the resolution was moved by the former chief minister Ashok Chavan and it was seconded by the former minister Chandrakant Handore. At the MRCC meeting, the resolution was moved by president Bhai Jagtap and it was seconded by former city unit chief Sanjay Nirupam.

However, former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, who was a part of the now defunct G23 group, reportedly did not raise his hand at the time of passage of the resolution at the MPCC meeting. Chavan insisted that the election should be held for the party president and Rahul Gandhi should file his nominations. Chavan has thereby opposed the unanimous election of Rahul Gandhi as the Congress president. Chavan wanted to move a resolution congratulating interim president Sonia Gandhi for accepting the demand made by him and other G20 members for holding the party president's election as per the Congress party's constitution. However, he could not do so.

A senior MRCC leader said, "Rahul Gandhi has been raising his voice against the wrong and anti-people policies of the Modi government. He has been taking on the BJP-led government at the Centre for its inaction to take substantial action to curb inflation and unemployment. He has led the delegation on a number of occasions by hitting the roads. Therefore, in the present circumstances, Rahul Gandhi should be elected as the AICC president to lead the party."

The MPCC also passed another resolution authorising the AICC President to elect the State President, State office-bearers, Treasurer, and All India Congress Committee representatives. A similar resolution was passed by the MRCC.

Meanwhile, Chavan along with former ministers Sunil Kedar and Vijay Wadettiwar met the party’s Maharashtra in-charge HK Patil and demanded that the state unit chief Nana Patole should be immediately changed and former chief minister Ashok Chavan be appointed as the new chief for the revival of the party in Maharashtra.

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