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Cong leaders steer clear of Kripa row

Even as 19 properties owned by former Mumbai Congress chief were raided by law enforcement agencies in Mumbai.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: March 3, 2012 1:14:13 am

Even as 19 properties owned by former Mumbai Congress chief were raided by law enforcement agencies in Mumbai on Friday,All India Congress Committee member Mohan Prakash,Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee president Manikrao Thakre and Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan met MPs from the city,Congress legislators and corporators in an effort to build a consensus on key posts in the new Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation,including that of the Leader of the Opposition.

Simultaneously,senior leaders chose to distance themselves from Singh and the disproportionate assets case,preferring to state that the Mumbai Police is pursuing the matter as per directives of the High Court and the party didn’t think it fit to make a statement about the MLA.

Chavan,Thakre and Prakash reportedly sought opinions of leaders regarding the recent municipal poll debacle. “It was an attempt to analyse the recent developments and prepare a strategy for the future,” said one leader. Discussion on likely candidates for the post of MRCC president were also discussed informally.

MP Sanjay Nirupam said the party did not think it necessary to interfere in the Kripashankar Singh matter. “Investigations are on as directed by the Bombay High Court,there is no need for the party to interfere,” he said.

In the absence of a Mumbai Regional Congress Committee president following Singh’s resignation,the question of who will make appointments to BMC posts not only remains to be resolved but is also doubly complicated by the fact that senior Congressmen who were obvious candidates for the post of Opposition Leader lost the election. “So it’s a question of who will bell the cat,” said a senior Congressman,adding that membership to the key committees will see a keen contest.

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