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"I am ready to resign as Maharashtra Congress president": Balasaheb Thorat

Earlier, the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Nana Patole had openly expressed his desire for the post of State President. However, Nitin Raut, Vijay Wadettiwar, Yashomati Thakur and Amit Deshmukh are the frontrunners to lead the state Congress.

"I am ready to resign as Maharashtra Congress president": Balasaheb Thorat
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The speculation of the resignation of the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) state president Balasaheb Thorat have gained momentum in the state's political circles after his visit to Delhi for consultations with the party high-commands.

Thorat, however, said that his Delhi visit should not be linked to change of guard in Maharashtra.

“I hold many posts, so there may be talks about it. I have told to party that if they have someone who can work for the party, I am ready to resign as state Congress president," said Thorat who is considered a close aide of Rahul Gandhi said.

“If the party thinks that some of my responsibilities should be shared among others and the process has started with that in mind, then I welcome it. I don't have any problem. The party should elect a young, courageous person who can travel across the state and lead the Congress. I will not name anyone for that. That decision will be taken by all parties,” clarified Balasaheb Thorat.

Thorat had taken over the post from Ashok Chavan in July 2019 after the Congress’s poor performance in the elections. Under his leadership, the Congress improved its performance and also formed the state government under the banner of the Maha Vikas Aghadi led by Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray.

Earlier, the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Nana Patole had openly expressed his desire for the post of State President. However, along with Patole, the names of Nitin Raut, Vijay Wadettiwar, Yashomati Thakur and Amit Deshmukh are the frontrunners to be race of the state presidency.

If sources within the Delhi Congress are to be believed, there is a possibility that high command will discuss these names with Balasahbe Thorat. Under Thorat's leadership, Congress won 44 seats in the last state assembly polls. He was one of the strong advocates of Congress joining 'Maha Vikas Aghadi' with NCP and Shiv Sena. 

Moreover, in December, Bhai Jagtap was appointed as the Mumbai Congress president. After that, the Congress has also started preparing to fight solo for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections 2022.

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