A large number of loyal Congress supporters gathered on Wednesday at the Mumbai Congress office demanding newly resigned Congress veteran Gurudas Kamat to rejoin politics.
Congress workers protest against the resignation of leader Gurudas Kamat. All Pics/Suresh Karkera.
Kamat was the Secretary of the All-India Congress Committee (AICC) and in-charge of the Congress unit in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu.
Earlier, the 61-year-old politician sent out a statement saying he was stepping down from all party posts.
In a statement he sent to his supporters, he said that for several months, he felt he needed to take a backseat to enable others to get an opportunity. He said he met Congress president Sonia Gandhi about 10 days ago and expressed a desire to resign from all party posts.
The protest at the Mumbai headquarters
"Subsequently, I sent letters to both Soniaji and Rahulji [saying] that I would like to exit. Since there was no reply, I have formally informed that I would like to retire from politics. I would like to thank each one of you for all the cooperation I received and wish the best to the party leadership and each one of you," he said.
The All India Congress general secretary, who is in-charge of important states like Gujarat and Rajasthan, is said to have taken the extreme step because of neglect by the party high command and efforts of sidelining him in Mumbai’s organisational matters. Kamat did not respond to mid-day’s calls or messages.