Gurudas Kamat, the big man Mumbai politics
Congress MP Gurudas Kamat, who on Tuesday resigned after being made a minister of state with independent charge of drinking water and sanitation, may have a reason to feel that he has been slighted in the cabinet reshuffle.delhi Updated: Jul 12, 2011 19:42 IST
Congress MP Gurudas Kamat, who on Tuesday resigned after being made a minister of state with independent charge of drinking water and sanitation, may have a reason to feel that he has been slighted in the cabinet reshuffle.
Kamat is seen as a giant killer in Mumbai's electoral politics and known for his organisational skills. Elected from Mumbai North-West, the 57-year-old has in his four decade-long political career defeated some of the biggest names like Subramaniam Swamy, the late Pramod Mahajan and Jaywantiben Mehta.
A softspoken lawyer and an avid badminton, table tennis and cricket player, Kamat's organizational skills since his days in student politics were noticed by the late Rajiv Gandhi, who asked him to head the Youth Congress in 1987.
Kamat was first elected to the Lok Sabha in 1984. He has been a strong pillar for the party in Mumbai and has been elected as MP five times from the city.
Projects stuck for long - like the Mumbai metro-rail and a mega-project to augment the city's water supply - got central clearance after Kamat called on party chief Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
He was earlier minister of state for IT and communications -- and the junior minister for home affairs.
Kamat, however, clarified that there is no question of any disappointment over the Portfolio, which is itself an important one, with concerns related to requirements of a large sections of the people of the Country.
"The reasons are totally personal and not any defiance of the Party Leadership as is being made out in certain sections of the media," he said.