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Congress? turn to have by-election headache

Amravati District Mahila Congress chief Gawande?s revolt against the party nominee worries party circles.

india Updated: Oct 10, 2006 08:23 IST
Pradip Kumar Maitra
Pradip Kumar Maitra

After Sena-BJP it’s the Congress’ turn to have some by-election headache. Amravati District Mahila Congress chief Kanchanmala Gawande’s revolt against the party nominee for Daryapur Assembly seat Prakash Bharsakale has worried the party circles.

Expressing strong resentment for virtually finalising the party nomination to former Sena leader Bharsakale, the Mahila Congress leader Kanchanmala declared that she would contest the elections against the party candidate. Raising a banner of revolt, Gawande resigned from all the party posts and lashed out at seniors for pampering Bharsakale. She alleged that the party has done injustice to all party workers by giving candidature to Bharsakale, who has come into the organisation recently. Bharsakale’s nomination for the seat was certain when his mentor, Narayan Rane and PCC chief Prabha Rau toured the area, a few days back, before the announcement of his candidature and campaigned for his protégé.

The former Mahila Congress leader pointed out that how the Congressmen in the region would accept Bharsakale as a party candidate when he harassed Congress workers in different ways by misusing the power during his 17-year MLA tenure. “After entering into the party, he (Bharsakale) has now started groupism in the party,” she alleged and maintained that the genuine workers of the party were demoralised by his nomination for the elections.

“I tried to convey my feelings to the party higher-ups on the issue. However, nothing was materialised in this regard. I met the PCC chief Prabha Rau, the chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, the AICC general secretary, Margaret Alva, the AI Mahila Congress chief Rita Bahuguna and even Sonia Gandhi. But they told me that they have confirmed the candidature of Bharsakale and all options are open before you to decide about this. Because of such reply from the party, I am resigning from all posts as well resigning from the primary membership of the party,” she announced and justified her decision to contest as an independent.

Kanchanmala’s husband, Kuldip Gawande, vice-president of Amravati District Congress Committee, has also resigned from the party and supported the decision of his wife.

“We have taken this decision to keep alive the pride of hundreds of party workers. We are working for party with honesty and sincerity. But the party has done injustice with honest partymen,” they rued. Kuldip Gawande is the former president of Daryapur Municipality.

First Published: Oct 10, 2006 08:23 IST