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Kalmadi baiters meet Chavan, MPCC president and Deshmukh

india Updated: Feb 11, 2009 14:22 IST

The feud within Congress ranks in Pune showed no signs of abatement as five party activists intensified their lobbying against Suresh Kalmadi, urging the High Command not to re-nominate the high profile sitting MP for the ensuing parliamentary polls.

The week-long campaign against Kalmadi by his detractors reached a feverish pitch when the five aspirants--- Mohan Joshi, Ulhas Pawar, both MLCs, Balasaheb Shivarkar, MLA and former Maharashtra minister, Anant Gadgil, State Congress spokesman and Sharad Ranpise, former MLA--- called on the Chief Minister Ashok Chavan as well as MPCC president Manikrao Thakre in Mumbai on Tuesday, reliable sources said on Wednesday.

Taking objection to Kalmadi’s premature launch of election campaign in the city projecting himself as the official Congress nominee even before finalisation of the party candidates in Maharashtra, the dissidents who claim to be loyalists told Chavan and Thakre that renomination of Kalmadi could cost the Pune seat to the party.

A confrontation between the two groups of Congress here came to the fore when the party spokesman Anant Gadgil issued a statement saying the Congress High Command had not announced Lok Sabha candidates for Maharashtra and it was surprising that some people had started parading themselves as the official nominee in Pune, giving election promises.