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Muttemwar complains of 'conspiracy' by Nagpur Cong MLAs

Congress leader and Union Minister Vilas Muttemwar complained to the high command that three sitting MLAs have "conspired" against the party interest during the first phase polls.

india Updated: Apr 23, 2009 16:34 IST

Congress leader and Union Minister Vilas Muttemwar, who are seeking a fourth consecutive, term from Nagpur Parliamentary constituency, complained to the high command that three sitting MLAs have "conspired" against the party interest during the first phase polls.

Muttemwar, who has dashed off a letter to Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president Manikrao Thakre, has accused Maharashtra Textile Minister Anees Ahmad, Minister of State for Home Nitin Raut and former minister Satish Chaturvedi of "hatching a conspiracy" to defeat him.

The Union Minister of State for New and Renewable Energy also has sent about 15,000 letters, a copy of which is with PTI, to party workers to "expose" the misdeeds of the trio. He is likely to meet party president Sonia Gandhi and her political advisor Ahmad Patel in Delhi in a couple of days to brief them on the issue.

Muttemwar, who had serious differences with the three city Congress MLAs and was not on talking terms with them, had also alleged that they asked the voters in their respective areas to vote for BSP nominee instead of Congress candidate.

He said that the trio had forgotten that whatever they are today is due to Congress party and blessings of Sonia Gandhi and dishonesty will only harm the party.

Recalling the 1999 simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in Maharashtra, Muttemwar said, "Though we fought together, the three received less votes."

Raut became MLA only in 1999, and in both 1998 and 1999 Lok Sabha polls Muttemwar got a lead of 45,000 from North-Nagpur Assembly segment, he wrote, adding that Raut has nothing to do with the credit of his performance.

Accusing Chaturvedi of amassing huge property and real estate and running professional colleges, Muttemwar questioned his rise to such a wealthy position.

He dismissed allegations that he had masterminded defeats of Congress candidates in the Nagpur Municipal Corporation elections.

Amidst the campaign, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan at the initiative of Rajya Sabha member Vijay Darda had invited all the four leaders over a dinner meeting and tried to bury down their differences. They reportedly agreed and reports in local media suggested they would work together to ensure the Congress victory.

But during the first phase polling on April 16, Muttemwar probably had noticed some mischief by the three MLAs, sources close to him said.

First Published: Apr 23, 2009 16:23 IST