While the Congress is still exploring options to replace the controversial Mumbai region Congress president Kripashankar Singh, the north Indian community, especially migrants from Uttar Pradesh, are clamouring for a north Indian to head the party’s city unit.
The community claims that voters from UP origin constitute 23% of the city’s total voters — more than the Gujaratis (20%) and almost at par with the Maharashtrians (24%). “We don’t mind if they oust Singh but they must replace him with one of us,” a leader of UP origin said.
Singh is trying his best to hold on till the Bombay high court gives its verdict in a disproportionate assets case.
Two prominent leaders, who are vying for the post are Rajhans Singh, the leader of the opposition in the BMC and legislator, and Madhukant Shukla, a close associate of the late Rajiv Gandhi.
Rajhans is being supported by the Union minister of state for information technology Gurudas Kamat. Shukla is banking on his organisational work. “My family has been living in Mumbai for over a century now and I have proved my leadership qualities.”
Meanwhile, leaders of UP origin have submitted data on all communities in the city to the Congress high command.
According to the statistics, barring voters from UP and Gujaratis, all communities — Rajasthanis (1.5%), Punjabis (1%), Biharis (3.5%), Muslims (15%), south Indians (4%) and 24% Maharashtrians (including the 11% SC/ST) — have a minister in the state/Union cabinet or an MP.