Priyanka Chaturvedi Quits Congress, Joins Shiv Sena
Congress national spokesperson and convenor of party's media cell Priyanka Chaturvedi resigned from the party, sources said. The All India Congress Committee spokesperson took to microblogging site Twitter to share the news.
After quitting all the posts in the party, Chaturvedi sent her resignation to the party's top brass.
“In the last few weeks certain things have convinced me that my services are not valued in the organisation and that I have reached the end of the road,” she said in her resignation letter.
She joined the Shiv Sena, blaming the Rahul Gandhi-led party for reinstating party workers who misbehaved with her recently. At a press conference, Chaturvedi was welcomed into the Sena by the saffron party president Uddhav Thackeray, who said Shiv Sena workers have got a "good sister" in Chaturvedi.
She told media Thackeray's residence 'Matoshree' in suburban Bandra that she was pained after some Congress workers, who had made comments against her, were reinstated by that party.
Without naming the Congress, she said she gave 10 years to the party in which she thought she could speak for the cause of women, despite being trolled on the social media. "I kept speaking in a 'bindaas' (fearless) way despite being abused and trolled constantly," she said. "I was pained when some party workers made comments about me. After being suspended, they were reinstated," she added.
Chaturvedi said the statements made against her were ignored by the party (Congress), despite speaking for 10 years at a "great personal cost" and without joining politics formally. "I was very let down. I thought If I didn't fight for my self respect, I would fail women. I have joined the Sena after a lot of thinking, and understanding my responsibility towards the cause of women," she said.
She denied that she resigned from the Congress after being denied a ticket in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls.
"Parties keep fighting elections. However, only fighting and winning is not life. The work of party workers should be to accept an ideology and work towards the cause," Thackeray said.
Asked what post will Chaturvedi be given in the party, Thackeray said, "I will give her a post befitting her capabilities and one in which she would be beneficial for the Sena."