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Fresh speculation on next city Cong chief

mumbai Updated: May 16, 2011 03:05 IST

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With the excitement of the recent state elections subsiding, speculation has again begun on the successor of controversial Mumbai Congress chief Kripashankar Singh, party sources said on Sunday.

Late in April, the Congress high command announced that Maharashtra unit president Manikrao Thakre will continue, but there was no word on Singh’s fate.

The Congress in-charge of Maharashtra, Mohan Prakash, had recently said that the party has yet to take a decision on the city Congress chief, but indicated it would be done soon.

Singh is currently battling corruption charges and has lost popularity within the party, which is clamouring for change, especially since the crucial Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections are due in early 2012.

According to well-placed party sources, there is still no consensus on any of the probables, including MP Milind Deora, son of Union minister Murli Deora.

Incidentally, the senior Deora was president of Mumbai Congress for a record 22 years.

However, Milind Deora (elected from Mumbai South) will face stiff competition from fellow MPs such as Sanjay Nirupam (Mumbai North), Priya Dutt (Mumbai North Central) and Eknath Gaikwad (Mumbai South-Central).

But it remains to be seen whether the party will pass the baton to a sitting MP or opt for somebody else, an office-bearer said.