The Mumbai Region Congress Committee (MRCC) chief Kripashankar Singh, who has courted a series of controversies in recent times, is all set to go. Member of Parliament Milind Deora 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 would 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 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 corruption case involving former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda.
All India Congress Committee member (in-charge of Maharashtra) Mohan Prakash was unavailable for comment whereas Singh was unreachable.
A senior party functionary told HT, on condition of anonymity because he’s not authorised to speak with media that the new appointment would be made in few days. “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,” said the leader.
A young MP, Deora (34), 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. Milind’s rival groups in the city,” said a Mumbai MP. He did not wish to be identified.