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Mumbai Congress may see defections

Those who plan to jump ship are the ones who want to contest the assembly polls.

ET Bureau|
Jun 14, 2019, 08.09 AM IST
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Since BJP has already inducted a few leaders recently and is going slow with other entrants, a few Congress leaders are getting in touch with Shiv Sena.
MUMBAI: Following a severe drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls, the Mumbai unit of Congress may face more setbacks. Many Mumbai Congress leaders and functionaries have decided to quit the party and are negotiating with both BJP and Shiv Sena.

Those who plan to jump ship are the ones who want to contest the assembly polls and are worried that if they remain with Congress they will be in political hibernation for a while. Those involved in talks include the leader, who claims to represent the north Indians and played a key role in the working for Pratibha Patil to become president, a Dalit leader from Central Mumbai and a Muslim leader from the western suburbs.

Since BJP has already inducted a few leaders recently and is going slow with other entrants, a few Congress leaders are getting in touch with Shiv Sena. “There is a bit of desperation that has set in after the Lok Sabha poll results,” said a Congress leader.
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