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Not interested in city Congress post, says Kamat

Member of Parliament Gurudas Kamat denied he was running for the post of the city Congress president, which fell vacant after leader Kripashankar Singh’s resignation.

mumbai Updated: Feb 27, 2012 02:06 IST
HT Correspondent

Member of Parliament Gurudas Kamat denied he was running for the post of the city Congress president, which fell vacant after leader Kripashankar Singh’s resignation.

Reacting to reports that appeared in a section of the media (not HT), Kamat said in a statement that he had the satisfaction of having had a successful tenure of five years from 2003 to 2008 of the post of (city Congress) president. “I voluntarily resigned in 2008 requesting the honourable Congress president to appoint a new president then, after which Kripashankar Singh was appointed.”

Kamat said he sincerely wished that the best among the talented leaders available in Mumbai was chosen at the earliest to revive the Congress in Mumbai. “In fact whoever is chosen by the Congress leadership will receive my full co-operation and support.”

However, sources close to Kamat said that he was lobbying for his supporters. He wants the leadership to make Chandrakant Handore the president in case the high command decided to have a son of the soil.

Handore is not only a local leader but he also represents backward classes a group of which joined hands with the Shiv Sena before the civic polls.

Kamat would push for Manjit Singh Manhas, a Sikh MLC and former president of Mhada’s Mumbai board, if the choice needs to be picked from non-Marathi leaders. Kamat, who quit late last year as union minister of state because he did not get a plum ministry, has managed to get to get the highest number of corporators elected from him own camp.