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Milind Deora takes over as Mumbai Congress chief

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on March 28, 2019 Published on March 28, 2019

Sanjay Nirupam to contest from Mumbai N-W

Congress leader Milind Deora took over as the party’s Mumbai President on Thursday.

Senior Congress leaders, including Maharahstra Pradesh Congress Committee President Ashok Chavan and outgoing Mumbai Regional Congress Committee chief Sanjay Nirupam, were present along with actress Urmila Matondkar, who recently joined the party.

Surprise appointment

In a surprise turn of events, Deora was appointed Mumbai Congress chief earlier this week, replacing Nirupam, who has been named the Congress candidate from Mumbai North West. However, clearing the air on the issue, Deora said that accepting any position is a “double-edged sword”. He also asked party workers to focus on helping the Congress win the elections.

While Deora was welcomed with enthusiasm by party workers, to whom he also spoke after taking over, he has his work cut out with the Lok Sabha elections in Mumbai just a month away. Also, the BJP and the Shiv Sena are seen to be more comfortably set here. Mumbai goes to polls on April 29.

According to sources, the focus of the Congress will now be on campaigning with not many changes expected in the State. Senior leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, are expected to campaign in Maharashtra, possibly from next week.

Published on March 28, 2019
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