Former Congress minister, Member of Parliament and city Congress president Gurudas Kamat has decided to retire from active politics. The 61-year-old politician sent out a statement yesterday, saying he was stepping down from all party posts.
In a statement he sent to his supporters yesterday, 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.
“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.
A few years ago, Kamat had refused a ministerial berth in the union cabinet reshuffle because the Congress had not made him a senior minister. He had returned to Mumbai without informing party high command and stayed away from the swearing-in ceremony.