To steer clear of controversy,city Congress chief Abhay Chhajed on Tuesday said the photograph of city MP Suresh Kalmadi,who has been suspended from the party after facing allegation of corruption,has been removed from the party headquarters.
He said former Deputy Mayor Deepak Mankar was free to get Kalmadis photographs removed from various offices held by party leaders in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).
On Monday,Mankar had requested Chhajed,party leader in PMC Arvind Shinde and Deputy Mayor Bandu Gaikwad to remove photographs of Kalmadi from their respective offices. I received a letter from Mankar on the issue. There is no photograph of Kalmadi in the the party office as they have already been removed, said Chhajed.
When asked on the similar demand made to party leader in PMC and deputy mayor,the city Congress chief said Mankar was free to do what he wanted.
Mankar had warned,Many party activists have expressed their displeasure over Kalmadis photographs in party offices. Considering their feelings,I request you to remove the photograph of Kalmadi within four days and install photographs of Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi. Otherwise party activists will remove the photographs of Kalmadi on their own.
Mankar once a staunch supporter of Kalmadi came openly against him after he was asked to step down from the post of deputy mayor before completing his tenure.
He had reacted by saying that the party should not associate itself with persons facing corruption charges. He had also expressed his intention to contest Lok Sabha election.