New Delhi, April 21: Amid controversies over Congress leadership and Rahul Gandhi’s incapability of leading India’s biggest party, a new row of wrangle has provoked inside the party. Notably, this time one of the senior leader of the party Barkha Shukla Singh described Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi as "mentally unfit" and resigned from the party.
Barkha Shukla Singh on Thursday alleged Rahul Gandhi for not giving quality time to Congress party and as well as not listening to the party workers. She also lashed out at senior party leaders. "Congress party under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi and Ajay Maken has only used the issue of empowerment of women and women security to gather votes. The issue means nothing to them," she said.
"In an organization where I myself am unsafe, how will I empower other women in that organization? That is why I hereby resign from the post of President of Delhi Mahila Congress." Barkha, who had complained against "neglect" of women workers in ticket distribution for the municipal elections, alleged that the voice of party workers was "snubbed" and their grievances were not addressed. "Rahul Gandhi is unfit to lead the party," she added.
"Rahul Gandhi is reluctant to address issues that exist within the organization. Why does Rahul Gandhi shy away from meeting party leaders who ask him questions," Barkha asked. "Rahul is only interested in meeting sycophants and not leaders who reason, question and ask," she added.
Barkha further alleged saying, "Ajay Maken, Rahul Gandhi's nominee in the party, misbehaved not only with me but also with several office-bearers of the Delhi Mahila Congress. When the same was brought to the notice of Rahul Gandhi, our plea fell on deaf ears."
"It is because of this attitude of Rahul Gandhi and Ajay Maken that as many as five districts presidents and 75 block presidents resigned from the organization. One of them has also filed a complaint of harassment against Ajay Maken and (All India Mahila Congress President) Shobha Oza," she alleged.
However, Congress on Friday morning expelled Barkha Singh Shukla for six years for "anti-party activities. The State unit`s Disciplinary Committee headed by former minister Narendra Nath took the action against Singh and expelled her. “Disciplinary Committee of the DPCC in its meeting has unanimously decided to expel Barkha Singh for a period of six years from the party for undertaking anti-party activities just before the MCD elections," a party statement said.
Later, responding to this Barkha tweeted that #RahulGandhiMuktCongress is the new slogan. Earlier, former Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely and former Youth Congress leader Amit Malik quit the party and joined the BJP.