On the last day of filing nominations for the first phase of General Elections 2019, the Indian national Congress appointed former minister and MP from south Mumbai Milind Deora as President of Mumbai Regional Congress Committee.
Deora, who lost his South Mumbai seat to Shiv Sena’s Arvind Sawant in 2014, was attending a dinner meet in his constituency after being appointed as president for the party in Mumbai. He spoke to India Today TV and said that in last elections people had voted and they saw a mood for change but all the member of parliaments elected in those elections failed completely. Taking a dig at Shiv Sena’s Arvind Sawant who is the party’s candidate in south Mumbai against Deora , he said that as election season starts some opportunist politicians start chanting Modi’s name and immediately after the elections they refer to him as a thief.
When asked about the differences and infighting in the party cadres in Mumbai and his differences with former Mumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam, he said, “There are no differences in the party and we will all come together for the party and work aggressively actively and bring a positive agenda for the people. I would like to thank Sonia Gandhi and party President Rahul Gandhiji through your channel.I thank Mr Nirupam for his services to the party.”
Meanwhile Sanjay Nirupam was declared as Congress candidate from Mumbai North West constituency after being ousted as Congress chief in Mumbai.
Being positive about his party’s performance in forthcoming elections , Deora said, “This is in front of the people that these leaders are opportunists and we will definitely do well in these elections” . He further added, “The primary issue for Mumbai remains affordable housing in the city. People in last elections saw the mood and voted for that. We will let you know about Urmila Matondkar candidature if it happens.”