Thane, Dec 15 (UNI) Thane District Congress Chief Kanti Koli has come back as the city Congress chief after a gap of about 25 years.
Mr Koli was the MLA for Thane city for two terms in the late eighties and during his tenure the Congress had built a strong ground, but later due to internal feud the party suffered a big loss and finally, the entry of NCP spoiled their chances further.
Talking to newpersons and replying to a question as to who is the probable candidate of the party in the next elections slated for 2009, he said ''I am not in the run''.
He further said he would also support the candidature of senior leader like Mr Pramod Patil if the party decides so, thus indicating that the senior congressman who drifted away from the party are now coming together. He also indicated that he would always stand for the interest of the party and the city of Thane.
Meanwhile, Mr Koli who declared that he was committed to bring in a fresh lease of life into the party said that a meeting of the defeated Congress candidates of the Thane civic wards would be held soon to chalk out plans to make the party strong in the city. He said that he would take into confidence and honour the feelings of each and every congressman while running the show.
He stressed on the need of taking into confidence the existing corporators of the party and made it clear that they would be the members of the Congress Commitee too.
In addition to this he has been empowered to include the eligible leaders whose names have been left out in the present list and ten members among them would be included in the committee for the process of formation of ward committees and election of chiefs.
Meanwhile, one of the senior Congress leaders commented, that neither Mr Koli nor Mr Purnekar have been elected as president.
They have been handpicked and nominated. Hence they were not the real presidents as per the constitution of the party.