Blow to Congress as spokeswoman quits party amid Indian polls

India’s Congress party, which talks a lot about women’s empowerment, suffered a big jolt on Friday (April 19) when its spokeswoman Priyanka Chaturvedi, above (Image credit: Facebook), quit the party in protest against reinstating some members who misbehaved with her in the past.

Later in the day, Chaturvedi joined the Maharashtra-based Shiv Sena, an ally of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Her resignation comes as the nation heads toward the third phase of parliamentary elections on April 23.

Chaturvedi was particularly upset over reports that the party was fielding one of the “lumpen goons”, who misbehaved with her, as candidate. It was said she was hoping to get a party ticket from her home town Mathura.

Addressing media from the Mumbai home of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, Chaturvedi said she left Congress after being let down by the party and not because she was denied seat from Mathura.

Chaturvedi said Congress had suspended the errant party members in September last year for their misconduct during her press conference on Rafale fighter jets deal in Mathura.

However, the party’s disciplinary committee recently took them back to involve them in electioneering. By this act, the party let her down, Chaturvedi said.

In a tweet early this week, Chaturvedi wrote “lumpen goons” get preference in the grand old party over those who had “given their sweat and blood” to it.

After the tweet, she declined to talk to media. Speculation about her resignation started on Friday when the designation ‘AICC spokesperson’ was missing from her Twitter profile.