Mumbai Congress mum on Kamat resignation report

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Mumbai, Mar 20 (UNI) Mumbai Regional Congress Committee (MRCC) is tight-lipped over reports in a section of the media about resignation of Gurudas Kamat as the president of the city unit of the party.

Mr Kamat, a four-time Lok Sabha member from Mumbai North East Parliamentary Constituency, completed five years as president of the city unit yesterday.

Mr Kamat is presently in New Delhi and could not be reached. He is said to have submitted his resignation yesterday. His supporters in Mumbai said the decision of Mr Kamat has caught them unawares.

Media reports have quoted Mr Kamat as saying that the reason for his decision to step down is that he has completed five years in the post.

''Mr Kamat has worked tirelessly for the people of Mumbai. He was instrumental in convincing the Centre to sanction huge amounts of funds for infrastructural development in Mumbai. The Centre has sanctioned Rs 6192 crore for the 2nd phase of the Metro Rail Project, 1200 crore for the Brimstowad Project. Huge amount of funds have also been sanctioned for the MUIP and MMRDA projects which are underway. Mr Kamat is also the key mover in implementing the Rs 1200 crore Middle Vaitarna Project which will solve the water problems of Mumbai,'' said Krishna Hegde, spokesperson for Mumbai Congress.

He said Mr Kamat has also guided the Congress-controlled MHADA Board against increasing the prices of MHADA flats in Mumbai.

''Under Mr Kamat's leadership, the Congress has won five MP seats and 16 MLA seats in Mumbai and the Congress-led front in the Mumbai Municipal Corporation has 81 party corporators,'' added Mr Hegde.

Maharashtra Pradesh Congress President Prabha Rau and Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh have, meanwhile, congratulated Mr Kamat on completing five years as the head of Mumbai Congress.

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