Ashish Deshmukh unsure of his role in Congress

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Oct 2018 09:23:41


Staff Reporter,

Speaker of State Assembly yet to accept his resignation

Even though he could not claim a full and firm assurance from the Congress party about his political future, Katol MLA Dr Ashish Deshmukh, on Saturday, said that he would contest the ensuing general election from Nagpur-Kamptee Lok Sabha constituency against Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. However, as he made that announcement, Dr Deshmukh demonstrated how unsure he was about his political career, stating that Congress party high command would decide his role and Lok Sabha constituency from which he might be fielded.

Dr Deshmukh also admitted though in aversive words that he has had no proper and firm assurance about formation of separate state of Vidarbha, a reason for which he was proposing to leave the Bharatiya Janata Party and join the Congress party. Factually, he said, he could not join Congress until he resigned from the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Even as the press conference had been stated called for making a major political announcement, all Dr Deshmukh could do was to make tentative statements that said nothing in particular and everything in general. He looked flustered as Reporters rained incisive questions on him about Vidarbha’s statehood, about his candidature for Lok Sabha elections, and the constituency he might be given to contest, or whether any constituency at all would be given to him or not.

Dr Deshmukh’s biggest discomfiture was about the statehood issue. He did not know how to respond when the media reminded him about the period of 65 years that was at hand with the Congress party to sort out the statehood issue, as against just four-and-a-half years that were available to Bharatiya Janata Party. When he was cornered on the issue, Dr Deshmukh kept talking rather insolently that the BJP had betrayed him on the issue. He also could not respond positively when the Reporters reminded him of how his father --

Ranjit Deshmukh -- was relegated into background by giving false promises by the Congress on the statehood issue. All he said, in effect, that the party had assumed a new leadership and things have improved on that count. He also recalled that a new state of Telangana, too, had come into existence recently.

Even as Dr Deshmukh responded to the media’s grilling, his tone was tentative and his tenor, at best, meek.
Dr Deshmukh has resigned from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on October 2 and met Congress President Rahul Gandhi at Wardha. However, his resignation is not accepted by Haribhau Bagade, Speaker of Assembly till now. He has sent a reminder to accept his resignation at the earliest so that Election Commission can declare a bye-election on seat vacated by him. He alleged that Speaker did not accept his resignation under pressure from BJP top leaders. After accepting resignation by the Speaker, he will tender his resignation from party.

Dr Deshmukh is in touch with several BJP MLAs in the State and claimed that several MLAs of party may change the side before the election. He will write an emotional appeal to all disappointed MLAs.