Milind Deora resigns as Mumbai Congress President

Senior leader Milind Deora on Sunday tendered his resignation from the post of Mumbai Congress President. He has also proposed a three-member panel to lead Mumbai Congress for the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly elections, ANI reported. The state will go to polls later this year. In a statement issued then, the grand old party had said: Congress president Rahul Gandhi has appointed Milind Deora as the new president of the Mumbai Regional Congress Committee. The party appreciates the contribution of outgoing president Sanjay Nirupam. PTI reports that Deora had expressed his desire to quit shortly after meeting Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi on June 26. In the recent Lok Sabha election, former union minister Deora contested from Mumbai-South but lost to Shiv Senas Arvind Sawant. The Congress-NCP alliance performed very poorly in the general election and could win just five seats in Maharashtra. The BJP-Shiv Sena alliance swept the state by winning 41 of 48 seats in the state. In the last few days, several leaders have resigned from their posts taking full responsibility for the defeat in the Lok Sabha polls. The development comes days after Rahul Gandhi resigned from the post of Congress President. He took the responsibility for the humiliating defeat of the Congress at the hands of BJP. Ther Congress could win just 52 of 543 seats. After election results, Rahul Gandhi offered to resign but senior leaders from the party insisted him to continue.