Pune: The city unit of Congress party is in disarray, as it has not been able to zero in on one leader, who will lead the party in Pune.
Differences among city Congress leaders cropped up once again on Monday, when Congress city unit president Ramesh Bagwe and Congress group leader in the State legislative council defended State Youth Congress leader Vishwajit Kadam, over banners put up against him across the city, holding him responsible for the party’s debacle in the recently held elections.
Many other leaders preferred to stay away from the meeting, where the leaders reaffirmed faith in Kadam’s leadership.
Some banners were put up across the city on Saturday, targeting Kadam and holding him responsible for the party’s defeat in the elections and asking him to go back to his native place Sangli for the sake of the party.
The city unit of the Congress held a press conference to defend Kadam. It made a show of strength before the media, which became evident, as whenever Kadam’s name was mentioned, the crowd was clapping.
However, while defending Kadam and declaring him as the leader under whom the party is being run, Bagwe, Ranpise and Arvind Shinde, who is Congress group leader in the PMC, expressed different sentiments.
Bagwe and Ranpise held the BJP responsible for putting up the banners to target Kadam, citing the ruling BJP wanting to divert the attention of citizens from the differences among their leaders. Shinde alleged that some city Congress leaders were targeting Kadam.
When this correspondent pointed out the difference of opinion among the Congress leaders present at the press conference, Shinde tried to skirt the issue by saying the BJP is inciting some Congress workers to defame Kadam.
Recently, MLC Anant Gadgil claimed that he was instructed by the Congress high command to become active in Pune politics.
They asked him to lead the party from the front. When asked whether Kadam or Anant Gadgil is the party leader in Pune, Bagwe feigned ignorance about this.
The party has registered a complaint with the city police. It requested them to use the CCTV network to find out the culprit who put up the banners.