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Cong Veteran Sanjay Nirupam Claims He Resigned, Before He Was Expelled

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Mumbai: Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam, who was expelled from the party for six years on charges of indiscipline and anti-party statements, said that his party expelled him immediately after he sent his resignation letter dated April 3. Taking to Twitter, formerly X, he wrote, “Looks like immediately after the party received my resignation letter last night, they decided to issue my expulsion. Good to see such promptness. Just sharing this info. I will give a detailed statement today between 11:30 to 12 PM.”

He was removed from the party following his attack on Congress party’s ally, Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray), over seat-sharing in Maharashtra for the Lok Sabha election. The Congress party had issued a statement confirming the expulsion of Nirupam. It said AICC president Mallikajun Kharge has approved the expulsion of Nirupam from the party for six years with immediate effect, taking into account the seriousness of the complaints and anti-party statements and complaints of indiscipline.

However, Nirupam claimed that he resigned from the party even before he was expelled. He was also dropped from the Congress party’s star campaigners’ list. Nirupam once again wanted to contest from the Mumbai North-West seat, the seat where he lost to Shiv Sena’s Gajanan Kirtikar last time. India’s alliance partner, Shiv Sena, announced Kirtikar’s son Amol Kirtikar as the candidate from the seat. After that, Nirupam launched an attack on Shiv Sena and termed Uddhav Thackery as the chief of “Bachi Khuchi Shiv Sena.” In a personal attack, he also suggested the Congress party not to bend to the arm-twisting tactics of Shiv Sena.

Nirupam also alleged that Amol Kirtikar was involved in irregularities in a free food scheme during Covid, popularly known as the Khichdi Scam. Current MP Gajanan Kirtikar, who supported and identified with the Eknath Shinde camp when the Shiv Sena split, has withdrawn from the contest after the Uddhav Thackeray faction propped up his son as its candidate.

As soon as Nirupam was out of the Congress party, BJP state president Chandrashekhar Bawankule said people like Nirupam are “always welcome” if their thoughts align with the BJP. Though he claimed that so far had held no talks with Nirupam. Meanwhile, Eknath Shinde-led Sena has also sent out feelers. “If he wants to join us, we welcome him. However, the final decision in this regard lies with Eknath Shinde,” MLA Sanjay Shirsat has said.

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