Mumbai: Senior Congress leader and former union minister Gurudas Kamat on Monday resigned from the Congress party. Kamat said that he would like to retire from politics and give others an opportunity to the younger leaders.
In his resignation, Kamat has said, “Over the last more than 44 years, I have worked with most of you and served the Congress. For several months now I have felt I need to take a backseat to enable others to get the Opportunity. I met Honorable Congress President about 10 days ago and expressed a desire to resign. Subsequently I sent letters to both Soniaji and Rahulji that I would like to exit. Since there was no reply, I have formally informed that I would like to retire from Politics. I would like to thank each one of you for all the Cooperation I received and wish the Best to the Party leadership and each one of you.”
Kamat was a loyalist of the Gandhi family and his resignation has come as a shock for the party leaders. He is the second Congress leader to quit after former Chattisgarh chief minister Ajit Jogi gave his resignation last week.
A lawyer by qualification, the 61-year-old Kamat has represented Mumbai North East Lok Sabha seat five times – 1984, 1991, 1998, 2004, 2009 – and served as Minister of Communications and IT in the Manmohan Singh government.
On 31 July 2015, Congress general secretary Gurudas Kamat had sparked a controversy by calling Union HRD Minister, Smriti Irani, a ‘bai’. “Her (Irani) family’s financial condition was not good; therefore, she worked in a hotel in Versova. Since, Smriti was only 10th pass, she cleaned tables in the hotel,” Kamat had said.