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Mumbai Congress president Milind Deora resigns; says looking forward to play national role to help stabilise party

File photo of Milind Deora. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 07, 2019, 03.49 PM (IST)

Mumbai Congress president Milind Deora tendered his resignation from the post on Sunday. He also said that he is looking forward to playing a role at the "national level to stabilise the party".

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Deora also proposed a three-member panel to lead Mumbai Congress for the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly elections which are due later this year.

According to a report, Milind Deora decided to resign after meeting Rahul Gandhi, who also resigned from the post of Congress president last week.

"I had accepted MRCC (Mumbai Regional Congress Committee Chief) presidentship in the interest of uniting the party. I felt I should also resign after meeting Rahul Gandhi," he said.

"I have suggested a three-member panel (to oversee the city party unit) and am being consulted by leaders to identify names. I look forward to play a national role to help stabilise the party. Needless to say, I will continue to guide and unite the Mumbai Congress," Deora said.

On March 25, Milind Deora was appointed as president of the Mumbai Congress succeeding Sanjay Nirupam.

Son of former oil minister Murli Deora, Milind Deora contested the Lok Sabha poll from Mumbai-South constituency but lost to Shiv Sena's Arvind Sawant.

(With inputs from agencies)