The Mumbai Region Congress Committee (MRCC) chief Kripashankar Singh, who has courted a series of controversies in recent times, is set to go. Member of Parliament Milind Deora, 34, is most likely to replace him ahead of the crucial city civic polls.
A day after Singh met party president Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi, it is evident that she will not allow him to continue further because of allegations of links with 2G scam tainted DB Realty Group. Inquiries in Singh’s disproportionate assets have revealed that certain developers had transferred money to his builder son Narendra Mohan’s bank accounts, which Singh said were business transactions.
Earlier, Singh’s name had cropped up in the hawal case involving former chief minister of Jharkhand Madhu Koda.
All India Congress Committee member (in-charge of Maharashtra) Mohan Prakash was unavailable for comment. Singh, too, was unreachable for comment.
The new appointment would be made in few days, a senior Congress party functionary told the Hindustan Times on condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to speak with media. “There will be no official announcement of Singh’s resignation. The party will directly announce Singh’s replacement very soon.”
“Singh must have met Soniaji to plead his case. In fact, he has been lobbying hard to save his position because charges against him are very serious,” the Congress leader added. Milind, whose father and Union minister for corporate affairs Murli Deora headed MRCC for more than two decades, has emerged as a suitable option.
Three Mumbai MPs confirmed to HT that his name was almost finalised. “Rahul Gandhi is also in Milind’s favour,” said a Mumbai MP.