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‘Ending my family’s 55-year relationship with party’: Milind Deora quits Congress, may join Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena | India News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Milind Deora, a Congress leader and former Union minister, announced on Sunday on social media platform X (formerly Twitter) that he has resigned from the primary membership of the party. This decision marks a significant chapter in his political journey, ending his family’s 55-year relationship with the Congress. Deora expressed his gratitude to all the leaders, colleagues, and karyakartas for their unwavering support throughout the years.
Interestingly, Milind Deora’s resignation comes on the day when former Congress party president Rahul Gandhi is embarking on his Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra from Manipur.The Yatra ill traverse through 100 Lok Sabha constituencies across 15 states.

Mumbai: Congress leader Milind Deora resigns, likely to join Shinde led Shiv Sena

Milind Deora, along with Sachin Pilot, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Jitin Prasada and some other leaders were reported to be among close friends of Rahul Gandhi during the UPA government.
Reacting to Deora’s resignation from the party, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said, “timing of announcement of his departure from party clearly determined by PM Modi.”

There has been speculation in political circles that Deora is likely to join the Shiv Sena led by Eknath Shinde. This speculation arises from Deora’s disapproval of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena’s claim to the South Mumbai Lok Sabha seat. In the past, Deora was appointed as the joint treasurer of the All India Congress Committee.

Deora faced defeat in the 2014 and 2019 general elections when Arvind Sawant, who was then a member of the undivided Shiv Sena and is now with the Thackeray faction, contested against him for the South Mumbai Lok Sabha seat. Additionally, Deora previously served as the head of the Mumbai Congress. He is the son of the late Murli Deora, a prominent figure in the Congress party.
(With inputs from agencies)



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