June 23, 2016 4:55:32 pm
A fortnight after he resigned as AICC general secretary, Gurudas Kamat took back his resignation, ostensibly after assurances from the high command
that he would have a say in party affairs in Mumbai where he has been the strong man for over a decade.
Kamat had never intended to join any other party or form his own outfit unlike many other former colleagues. His resignation was more an expression of unhappiness over his being sidelined in Mumbai allegedly by Sanjay Nirupam.
His plan seems to have been linked to the Mumbai municipal corporation election which are due next year: he needed to flex his muscles in advance to ensure that his followers get their share of tickets.
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Kamat has a history of giving up posts. He did it the 1980s as Maharashtra youth congress president and again a few years years ago in 2011 as union minister when he was given the less important portfolio of drinking water and sanitation. He had expected a cabinet rank.
Those close him to say he is emotional and takes decisions on the spur of the moment. His critics say it is nothing more than a blackmailing tactic.
Whatever the case, Kamat has once more succeeded in arm-twisting the leadership that too at a time when the party is at its lowest ebb. From the day he announced his resignation, old timers in the party claimed that it was only a matter of time before he returned.
Kamat had a meeting with party president Sonia Gandhi a few days ago while Nirupam was in Delhi last week. In a statement Kamat said that during the last fortnight a large number of senior party leaders had asked him to rethink his the decision. “My meeting with my party president Smt Sonia Gandhi helped me to make up my mind that the Congress Party is the best platform to serve the people of this country.”
“I will continue to serve under the leadership of Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi with the same charge of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Dadra Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu,” he stated.
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