New Delhi, Apr 25: sanjay nirupam, who had built his
politcal career on the anti-congressism of shiv sena, was
today admitted into the congress party in the presence of
leaders of maharashtra unit in a low-key function here.
Nirupam, who had quit Shiv Sena recently following
differences with the party leadership, would be a primary
member of the party, Maharashtra Congress President Prabha Rau
told reporters here.
"I do not find any difficulty on Nirupam's induction into
the party. The decision has been taken by our president taking
every thing into account," Rau said when asked about
differences in the state unit on admitting the former Sena
leader into the party.
Nirupam, who as the editor of Sena eveninger 'Dopahar ka
Saamna' had been critical of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi,
refused to comment on the matter.
"I have left Shiv Sena and its ideology and now I will
follow Congress policies," Nirupam said.
On the issue of Hindutva, he said: "I will always remain a
Hindu, but I will never work towards creating differences
between people in the name of religion," he said.
Nirupam, who was a Shiv Sainik for nearly 11 years, said
his joining Sena was not a mistake and he had left the party
following "ideological differences."
Nirupam, a two-term Rajya Sabha member of the Sena, had
quit the Sena following differences with the party leadership
on the issue of allocation of reliance Infocomm shares to
businessmen allegedly close to BJP leader Pramod Mahajan.
He also had differences with the Sena leadership on the
issue of influx of people from other states to Mumbai.