'Good to see such promptness,' Sanjay Nirupam criticizes Congress party on expulsion

Sanjay Nirupam, formerly affiliated with the Congress party, was expelled from his position due to accusations of "indiscipline" and making "anti-party statements."

Shantanu Poswal
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Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam's tenure in the party came to a bitter conclusion when he faced expulsion due to alleged "indiscipline" and "anti-party statements." These issues arose against the backdrop of Congress conceding the Mumbai North West Lok Sabha constituency to Uddhav Thackeray's party. Responding to his expulsion, Nirupam took a subtle jab at the party's swift action, noting that he was suspended almost immediately after he tendered his resignation.

In a post shared on X, the former MP from Mumbai North posted a screenshot of his letter to Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge. He remarked, "Looks like, immediately after the party received my resignation letter last night, they decided to issue my expulsion. Good to see such promptness."

Nirupam's resignation letter to Kharge expressed his decision to resign from the primary membership of All India Congress Committee, citing the party's long-awaited desire. This development came alongside Congress General Secretary K C Venugopal's announcement of Nirupam's expulsion for six years, effective immediately, citing complaints of indiscipline and anti-party remarks.

The rift between Nirupam and the party deepened when Congress, under a seat-sharing agreement, relinquished Mumbai North West to Amot Kirtikar, a candidate from Shiv Sena, a constituent of the INDIA bloc. Nirupam, who had represented Mumbai North in the Lok Sabha in 2009, criticized Shiv Sena's decision to contest in Mumbai, viewing it as a move to sideline Congress.

With Maharashtra contributing 48 Lok Sabha seats, the state holds significant political importance. In the 2019 elections, the BJP secured 23 out of the 25 contested seats, while the undivided Shiv Sena won 18 seats. The undivided NCP, part of the opposition alliance, contested 19 seats and secured four.