Priyanka Chaturvedi, one of the most vocal spokespersons of the Congress party has tendered her resignation from all party posts and even the primary membership of the party. Priyanka Chaturvedi tweeted her resignation letter addressed to Rahul Gandhi, President of the Congress party.
I am absolutely overwhelmed and grateful with the love and support I have got across board from the nation in the past 3 days.
I consider myself blessed with this immense outpouring of support. Thank you to all who have been a part of this journey. pic.twitter.com/WhUYYlwHLj
— Priyanka Chaturvedi (@priyankac19) April 19, 2019
She starts the letter by talking about why she joined Congress in the first place. She says she joined Youth Congress in Mumbai 10 years ago because she believed in the ideology of the party and had faith in Rahul Gandhi’s vision of “progressive, liberal and inclusive politics”. She says in these 10 years, the party gave her various platforms and she has served the party despite personal hardships and that she has never asked for rewards because she had hoped that the party leadership will take care of her aspirations on their own.
She then says that the past few weeks have convinced her that her contribution is not valued in Congress and that her continued association with the party would come at the cost of her self respect and dignity.
In her resignation letter, Priyanka Chaturvedi says that while the Congress party says it stands for women empowerment, safety and dignity of women, this call is not reflected in the actions of some of its members.
She then talks about the unfortunate incident where some Congress workers misbehaved with her during a press conference. While at that time, the workers were suspended, they were reinstated after 2 days. Priyanka says this was done with the excuse that more hands were needed during elections.
Interestingly, Priyanka says that this incident was the “final factor” that convinced her to move on from her role in Congress. When Priyanka says that the incident was the “final factor”, one is forced to wonder what were the other issues that she had with the party. Earlier, there were rumours that Priyanka Chaturvedi was miffed with Congress because actress turned politician Urmila Matondkar, who is a new entrant into Congress got the ticket from North Mumbai while Priyanka Chaturvedi was overlooked.
Interestingly, minutes after Priyanka Chaturvedi made public her resignation, Sanjay Raut of Shiv Sena has reportedly announced that Chaturvedi would be joining Shiv Sena today.
Sanjay Raut,Shiv Sena: Priyanka Chaturvedi will join Shiv Sena today pic.twitter.com/957p0hl35U
— ANI (@ANI) April 19, 2019
OpIndia had reported just a while ago that rumours of Chaturvedi joining Shiv Sena were gaining ground, however, Priyanka has not issued a formal statement yet.