Nagpur: Former MLA and Congress party leader Ashish Deshmukh has blamed state unit president Nana Patole solely for the party’s downfall in Maharashtra. And in a letter to Congress national president Mallikarjun Kharge, Ashish Deshmukh also puts the blame for the party’s declining fortunes in Maharashtra squarely on Patole’s shoulders.
Ashish Deshmukh also said, “Congress is not just a political party at all, it is an idea, a mass movement as well. And at the same time, Vidarbha was also considered a stronghold of the Congress, but now the situation is completely different. In February 2021, Nana Patole took over as the President of the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), but his style of functioning has actually weakened the party.”
Citing the recent rebellion of Congress leader Satyajit Tambe, he has called it too much of an insult to Congress. Ashish Deshmukh said, “The entire responsibility for this rests with Nana Patole. Ever since he became the MPCC president, Congress is on the decline in Maharashtra.”
Patole had dismissed the letter issue
Ashish Deshmukh has also said that it was because of Patole that there has been another setback in the election of the graduate constituency from Nagpur. “Ravindra Bhoyar was the candidate of Congress only. But it was the last-moment drama which has completely dented the confidence level of all the party members. Ultimately, Chandrashekhar Bawankule has won comfortably.” Deshmukh said.
Members of the Parliamentary Board of the MPCC, Ashish Deshmukh had also thrown his weight behind Shashi Tharoor when the Congress party held elections for the post of its national president. Kharge had won a landslide victory with a comfortable margin.
Welcoming the democratic process of electing the national president of this party, Ashish Deshmukh also suggested that a similar method should be adopted for the state units as well.
Patole had completely dismissed the letter issue. “This is a non-issue for us so I would not like to comment on it at all,” he told TOI.