Sanjay Nirupam issues ultimatum to Congress leadership, threatens to quit party

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Former Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam has issued an ultimatum to the party leadership that he will not campaign in the upcoming assembly polls if his choice of candidate was not approved. Nirupam wrote on Twitter that the Congress leadership had rejected the only candidate he had recommended for the assembly elections.

Sanjay Nirupam
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“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. As I had told the leadership earlier, in that case I will not participate in poll campaign. Its my final decision,” Nirupam wrote.



His subsequent tweet read, “I hope that the day has not yet come to say good bye to party. But the way leadership is behaving with me, it doesn’t seem far away.”



Nirupam, a former Congress MP, had contested this year’s Lok Sabha polls from the Mumbai North-West seat unsuccessfully. The Congress central leadership had removed him from the post of Mumbai Congress President just before the Lok Sabha polls. He was replaced by Milind Deora, who too lost the parliamentary polls from the South Mumbai seat. There have been speculations that Deora too may quit the party after he defied the party line and supported the BJP government’s controversial abrogation of Article 370 on Jammu and Kashmir.

 

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