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Business News/ Politics / News/  Congress expels Sanjay Nirupam for 6 years for targeting Uddhav Thackeray's Shiv Sena, says ‘will announce plans soon’
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Congress expels Sanjay Nirupam for 6 years for targeting Uddhav Thackeray's Shiv Sena, says ‘will announce plans soon’

Lok Sabha elections 2024: Sanjay Nirupam was expelled from Congress for indiscipline and anti-party statements by K C Venugopal. Congress President approved a six-year expulsion with immediate effect.

The Congress expelled former MP Sanjay Nirupam from the party on Wednesday (Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo) (HT_PRINT)Premium
The Congress expelled former MP Sanjay Nirupam from the party on Wednesday (Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo) (HT_PRINT)

Lok Sabha elections 2024: Maharashtra leader Sanjay Nirupam was expelled from the Congress for “indiscipline" and “anti-party statements," Congress General Secretary K C Venugopal said in an official statement.

Nirupam said that he would announce his next decision on Thursday.

Venugopal said in the statement on Wednesday night, “Taking note of the complaints of indiscipline and anti-party statements, the Hon'ble Congress President has approved the expulsion of Shri Sanjay Nirupam from the party for six years with immediate effect."

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As reported by PTI, the party's decision comes after Nirupam's removal from the Congress party's list of star campaigners for the 2024 Lok Sabha general elections, earlier in the day.

Nirupam threw a strong comment, suggesting that in light of the party's “serious financial crisis," it should prioritize using its resources wisely.

It is to be further noted that calls for action against Nirupam strengthened after he criticized the Maharashtra Congress leadership for “ceding" Mumbai constituencies to the Uddhav Thackeray-led party during seat-sharing discussions within the Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance for the Lok Sabha elections.

“The Congress has dropped Nirupam's name from the list of star campaigners and disciplinary action has been initiated against him for his utterances against the party and the state unit leadership," said state party president Nana Patole after attending a meeting of the party's campaign committee in Mumbai.

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"It (Congress) should utilise its energy to save itself, as the party is experiencing a serious financial crisis. The time frame I had given to the party ends today. I will spell out my next course of action tomorrow," Nirupam said in a post on X.

Nirupam, a former MP from Mumbai North, criticized the state leadership of the Congress after the Shiv Sena (UBT), led by Uddhav Thackeray, announced its candidates for four out of six Lok Sabha seats in Mumbai, including the Mumbai North West seat that Nirupam had his sights on.

He also said that the Congress leadership allowing itself to be influenced by the Shiv Sena (UBT). Nirupam contended that accepting the Shiv Sena (UBT)'s unilateral decision to field candidates in Mumbai would essentially lead to the downfall of the Congress, as asserted by the former Mumbai Congress president.

Having previously been associated with the Shiv Sena, Nirupam parted ways with the party in 2005. He championed the cause of north Indian hawkers and later joined the Congress.

In 2009, he successfully contested and won the Mumbai North seat. However, Nirupam faced defeat in the 2014 elections from the same constituency, losing to BJP's Gopal Shetty.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Published: 04 Apr 2024, 06:15 AM IST
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