Congress General Secretary Gurudas Kamat quits all party posts

Congress General Secretary Gurudas Kamat

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Senior Congress leader and All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Gurudas Kamat on Wednesday resigned from all the posts in the party. Kamat had been recently into the news for the ongoing tension between him and Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam during the Maharashtra civic polls.

Congress General Secretary Gurudas Kamat

Hinting retirement from active politics, the statement released by Kamat stated, “I had met Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi last week on Wednesday and discussed to be relieved off all responsibilities.” Kamat said he had requested Gandhi to relieve him from all responsibilities on February 3, the day Congress candidates were announced for the Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation elections, and repeated his plea on February 21, the day of the BMC polling.

He said he had pursued his request with a letter to Gandhi after the BMC elections, in which the Congress was severely routed.

“I thank Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi for the opportunity given to me to serve the party,” he said without elaborating on the reasons for his decision.

Kamat welcomed the appointment of senior party colleague Ashok Gehlot, former Rajasthan Chief Minister, and four AICC secretaries to look after the affairs of the Congress in Gujarat, which is slated to go to polls later in2017.

As an AICC General Secretary, Kamat was handling the party affairs for the crucial western Indian state of Gujarat, besides Rajasthan, and Union Territories of Dadra, Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu.

Earlier, in June 2016, he created a flutter by announcing his decision to quit the Congress and politics, but was persuaded by the Gandhis to stay back and continue working for the party.

Prior to that, he had shot into headlines in July 2011 when he abruptly quit the Union Cabinet, citing “personal reasons” for his move.

A lawyer by qualification, the 62-year-old Kamat has represented Mumbai North-East Lok Sabha constituency five times — in 1984, 1991, 1998, 2004, 2009 — and served as the Minister of State for Home affairs with additional charge of Minister of Communications and Information Technology under former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Starting his political career as a student leader, he rose to become the President of National Students Union of India, of the Maharashtra Pradesh Youth Congress, the Indian Youth Congress, as well as the Vice President of the party’s Maharashtra unit, besides serving in the Union Cabinet.

Kamat’s statement of quitting all posts of the party comes on the same day when Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken resigned from all the post in the party after emerging at the third spot in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections.

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