Endorsed by Reliance chief Mukesh Ambani, Will Congress' Milind Deora turn tables this election?

Ahead of Lok Sabha Election 2019 polls in Mumbai, here's all you need to know about Mumbai Congress candidate from the South Mumbai constituency

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Milind Deora is the son of former senior Congress leader, Murli Deora. For several years, the South Mumbai constituency has been known to be favourable for Deora. In 2009, Milind Deora had defeated Shiv Sena’s Mohan Rawale. However, Deora was defeated by Shiv Sena’s Arvind Sawant owing to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s ‘Modi Wave’.

Political Career

Milind Deora has received higher education from America. In 2004, Deora contested for the first time on Congress ticket after his father was defeated by BJP's Jayvantiben Mehta and in 2009, he became a Union Minister in UPA government. While contesting elections in 2009, Deora had defeated his opponent by a margin of almost 1.12 lakh votes.

An Active Politician

During his tenure as a Union Minister, Deora's attendance in Parliament was 88 per cent. Being one of the most trusted aides to Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Deora participated in 274 discussions during parliamentary proceedings. Recently, Deora was appointed as the Mumbai Congress President.

Controversy

Due to the internal clash between party leaders and Milind Deora, he had decided not to contest elections this year. However, after he became the party's Mumbai unit President, the senior leaders convinced him to file his nomination.


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Deora had earlier said that he will not contest Lok Sabha election due to the internal conflict in Mumbai Congress when Nirupam was the party’s city chief. However, as this happened, Deora was given candidature from city’s South constituency and replaced Nirupam as the party’s Mumbai unit President. 

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