1. Congress leader Gurudas Kamat meets Ahmed Patel and A K Antony

Congress leader Gurudas Kamat meets Ahmed Patel and A K Antony

As Congress seeks to mollify him after his resignation from the party, Gurudas Kamat today had separate meetings with senior Congress leaders A K Antony and Ahmed Patel but declined to spell out his plans.

By: | New Delhi | Published: June 9, 2016 9:41 PM
On June 6, the 61-year-old Congress general secretary had announced that he was quitting active politics and resigning from the party (IE) On June 6, the 61-year-old Congress general secretary had announced that he was quitting active politics and resigning from the party (IE)

As Congress seeks to mollify him after his resignation from the party, Gurudas Kamat today had separate meetings with senior Congress leaders A K Antony and Ahmed Patel but declined to spell out his plans.

The meetings took place at Patel’s residence here where several leaders had come to condole the death of his daughter-in-law Zainab Neduo.

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Kamat also had a meeting with Patel, who is political secretary to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, last night.
However, both Anthony and Kamat declined to comment on their meeting.

Asked whether he was taking back his resignation, Kamat said “no comments”. When further probed on whether he would meet the Congress President, he said that would happen “in due course”.

Kamat had said that he has the “highest respect and regard” for Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi and “my resignation is purely on personal grounds”.

On June 6, the 61-year-old Congress general secretary had announced that he was quitting active politics and resigning from the party.

Kamat, who had been Mumbai PCC chief for a long time, was reportedly unhappy over the appointment of his known detractor Sanjay Nirupam as the head of the city unit of the party.

The move had come ahead of next year’s Mumbai civic elections, where Congress is hoping to dislodge the incumbent Shiv Sena-BJP combine.

Seeking to dispel the notion that he was upset over party electing P Chidambaram to Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra and former Chief Minister Narayan Rane to Legislative Council, Kamat said he had no issues with them and he had worked under the senior Congress leader in the Home Ministry.

Meanwhile, former Union Minister Sushilkumar Shinde expressed confidence that the leadership would resolve the issue by addressing the grievances of Kamat.

Shinde had meetings with Sonia and Rahul Gandhi over the last two days.

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