Priyanka Chaturvedi quits Congress, laments lack of respect for women in party

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Priyanka Chaturvedi (Image credit: Twitter)

One of the most familiar faces on TV, Congress Party’s spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi on Friday resigned from the primary membership of the party. She announced her resignation on Twitter in a letter addressed to Congress president Rahul Gandhi, ending her 10 years association with the party.

Soon after she joined Shiv Sena, arguably a surprise choice, given that party’s less than favourable stance on “outsiders”, the term used for those who have come from other states and settled in Mumbai. Priyanka Chaturvedi belongs to this category.

In the letter, she said though Rahul had been calling for safety, dignity and empowerment of women, the same was not reflected in the action of party members.   ‘A serious incident and misbehaviour against me by certain party members while I was on official duty for the party has been ignored under the guise of all hands needed for elections,” Priyanka wrote. She called it an indignity to her, which convinced her to move on “other things outside” the Congress.

Read the tweet here.

According to reports, a few UP Congress leaders had heckled her during a recent press conference in Mathura. The leaders were reportedly apprehensive of her that she could get a ticket to contest Lok Sabah elections from the area. They were initially suspended from the party but reinstated later in view of elections.

Priyanka had expressed her unhappiness on Twitter saying “lumpen goons” get preference in the Congress over those who have given their sweat and blood. According to reports she was also miffed with the party leadership after Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar was picked for Mumbai North Lok Sabha seat, soon after her induction into the party.

Read the tweet here.

Priyanka Chaturvedi is the second Congress spokesperson to quit the party to join a rival outfit. Last month veteran Congress leader and spokesman Tom Vadakkan had joined the BJP.

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