The Congress showed the door to Devendra Amberkar, the opposition leader in the BMC, citing “poor performance”.
It appointed Ghatkopar corporator Praveen Chheda as its opposition leader in the civic body. Chhedha, the party’s Gujarati face replaced the Andheri corporator who was seen as docile and less aggressive.
The Congress’s move is being said as an attempt to counter the BJP which has a large following within the city’s influential Gujarati community.
“I had raised several corruption issues, I even exposed two road scams in the last one week. I don’t understand why they decided to replace me,” said Amberkar. Amberkar, who
hailed from the OBC community, is the Marathi face of the Congress.
However, Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam said that the party had promoted an aggressive face. “Praveen Chheda is an aggressive street fighter and has vast experience in handling BMC affairs. We have not taken any caste or community into account but have considered only merit. His performance was good and we need such aggressive people to expose corruption in the BMC ruled by the Shiv Sena-BJP combine,” Nirupam commented.