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MP: Council chief quits Cong after state prez’s accidental attack

A faux pas by MP Congress chief Arun Yadav resulted in resignation of Alot Nagar Parishad chief Munim Ram Prasad as Yadav was unaware of the fact that a Congman is heading the Parishad.

bhopal Updated: Nov 24, 2014 15:10 IST
Shahroz Afridi
Shahroz Afridi
Hindustan Times

A perceptible mix-up by Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Arun Yadav resulted in embarrassment to Alot nagar parishad chief Munim Ram Prasad and eventually his resignation as Yadav said the city council was corrupt, apparently unaware a person from his own party headed the body.

Red-faced after the Yadav’s comment at a public gathering, Prasad sent in his resignation directly to Congress national president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday. Yadav is on an election campaign tour across the state for local body elections that will be held in two phases on November 28 and December 2.

During electioneering for the Congress’ candidates in the polls on Thursday, Yadav accused the Alot nagar parishad of being corrupt and appealed to the people to replace it. “Pradesh Congress Committee chief Arun Yadav in his speech said that nagar parishad of Alot is corrupt,” Prasad told HT over the phone.

"The BJP's Manohar Untwal was the minister and MLA from this place. They (BJP) had used all their might in the previous elections, yet I won the election by over 1,100 votes and the president of my own party (state unit) does not know about me," Prasad said after resigning.

In his letter, Prasad has written that he has had a long affiliation with the Congress and the people of his area are happy with his works during his stint as nagar parishad president.

Despite that when state president of my own party says the nagar parishad is corrupt and should be overthrown, it hurts, the letter read.Congress state president Arun Yadav, who was not in town, could not be reached for a comment despite several attempts.

First Published: Nov 23, 2014 22:03 IST