The defeat of city MP Suresh Kalmadi in the Asian Athletics Association (AAA) elections for the post of president is being seen as a setback to his plans of getting re-elected to Lok Sabha in the 2014 polls.
Kalmadi,who had been arrested over alleged corruption in organising Commonwealth Games held in Delhi,was suspended by the Congress. His efforts of getting back in the party have failed so far.
Kalmadi is not in the party so we will not react to his defeat in AAA. The issue of reinducting him in the party is over, said state Congress spokesperson Anant Gadgil.
A local Congress leader said his defeat has increased his troubles. Kalmadis supporters in the city were expecting that his success in AAA would help them demand his reinduction in the party. Now,the supporters will maintain some distance from him, he added.
The leader said his defeat would have a psychological impact on his supporters as the elections took place in the city he represents.
In the past few months,Kalmadi had started reaching out to his supporters by attending functions and holding meetings. The Kalmadi faction had also recommended him as the party candidate for the Lok Sabha polls when the party observers visited the city.
NCP spokesperson Ankush Kakade said though AAA elections have no connection with his political career,his defeat is going to send a negative signal. His defeat will have an impact in the next elections. His loss after 13 years is an indication of his fall in public life, he said,adding the city MP should not have contested the elections.
City BJP chief Anil Shirole said it was up to citizens to take note of the happenings involving Kalmadi. We are working towards strengthening of our party instead of taking advantage of the failure of an opponent. Its up to the public to compare and decide about good and bad, he added.