Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Ending 55 Years of Allegiance: Milind Deora Resigns from Congress

Shiv Sena's claim to contest the Mumbai South Lok Sabha constituency in the upcoming general elections is being considered as the catalyst to Deora's decision.


Milind Deora, a prominent Congress leader and former Union minister, recently announced his resignation from the primary membership of the Congress party. This decision marks the end of his family’s long-standing 55-year relationship with the grand old party.

Taking to social media, Milind Deora, the son of Congress veteran Murli Deora, shared, “Today marks the conclusion of a significant chapter in my political journey. I have tendered my resignation from the primary membership of Congress, ending my family’s 55-year relationship with the party.”

Expressing gratitude, Deora acknowledged the support he received from leaders, colleagues, and party workers throughout his political journey. However, amidst this development, speculation arose regarding his potential shift to the Shiv Sena, led by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde. Responding to these rumors, Deora for now has dismissed them as unfounded, emphasizing that discussions with his supporters were ongoing.

The catalyst for these changes seems to be the Shiv Sena’s claim to contest the Mumbai South Lok Sabha constituency in the upcoming general elections, a seat previously held by Deora before 2014. In a video statement, Deora expressed his discontent, warning that if such statements from alliance partners persisted, his party might also announce candidates for contested seats.

The Shiv Sena (UBT) is currently an alliance partner of the Congress and the NCP (Sharad Pawar faction) in the Maha Vikas Aghadi in Maharashtra. However, Deora highlighted that formal talks on seat-sharing were yet to be concluded, urging restraint from making premature claims and counter-claims.

Milind Deora, who secured victory in the Mumbai South seat in 2004 and 2009, faced defeat in the subsequent elections in 2014 and 2019. Deora emphasized that his family had represented the seat for 50 years and wasn’t elected solely on the basis of political waves.

As this political chapter concludes for Milind Deora, the future unfolds with speculation about his next steps and the evolving political landscape in Maharashtra. The resignation underscores the fluid nature of political affiliations and the dynamic scenarios that often shape the course of a politician’s journey.

Stay tuned with The Indian Bugle to receive timely updates on the unfolding events leading up to the Lok Sabha Elections 2024.

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