New Delhi: Sulking Maharashtra Congress
spokesman Anant Gadgil, son of late V N Gadgil and an aspirant
for a Rajya Sabha ticket, says he has been neglected by the
party and asked the leadership whether "clean image" is a
In a letter to party chief Sonia Gandhi, Gadgil, who has
spent 17 years in various capacties in the state unit
including as Vice President and General Secretary, wondered
"whether my sincerity, loyalty, dedication and efficiency will
ever be recognised and rewarded in the party?" V N Gadgil was
a veteran Congrress leader and former AICC spokesman.
Gadgil, who is the grand-son of the late N V Gadgil,
who was a member of the first Union Cabinet in independent
India, lamented that he has been "neglected in a party which
has a tradition of rewarding those who work hard for the
organisation, especially the spokespersons".
He told the leadership that during the last five years,
when he has been the spokesperson of the Maharashtra PCC,
there was "not a single controversy" about his role. "Whether
clean image has no news value in politics?" he asked.
Regretting that he has been neglected over the years
despite several assurances, Gadgil asked "Is it the work of my
late grand-father who spent 10 years of his life in jail
fighting the British rule or my father who breathed his last
as a true congressman has no relevance in today`s politics?".
Gadgil`s letter to Gandhi has come ahead of
the elections next month for two Rajya Sabha seats and three
legislative council seats, requesting her to consider his case
in the nominations.
There have been aspirants galore for the Congress
nominations including a number of former party MPs, former
Ministers and senior leaders. Gadgil was also an aspirant for
the Lok Sabha seat from Pune in the last elections, a seat
represented by his father and grandfather.