Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi tendered her resignation from the party on Friday, a day after she complained against the reinstatement of some leaders who had misbehaved with her.
In her resignation, Chaturvedi, who was the face of the party in media addresses, said that “certain things” in the last few weeks convinced her that she has reached “the end of the road” with the 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,” she tweeted along with a copy of the resignation letter, which was addressed to Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
“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. I also feel that more time I spend in the organisation will be at the cost of my own self respect and dignity,” she wrote in her resignation letter.
Chaturvedi drew attention to the reinstatement of the some Congress leaders against which she had complained in a tweet on Thursday.
“Despite the safety, dignity, empowerment of women being promoted by the party and has been your call to action the same is not reflected in the action of some of the members of the party,” she wrote in the letter.
Pointing to her dedication to party work, Chaturvedi wrote that she “believed in the ideology of the party and your vision of inclusive, liberal, progressive politics”.
“I don’t have to remind you of having faced personal threats, slander and abuse and so have my family members including my kids in the course of my service to the party,” she said in the letter, adding that she has never “asked, sought rewards or returns” for herself.
At the time of writing the tweet had 2.4K comments, 2.0K retweets and 6.5K likes.
Chaturvedi had earlier today removed the words ‘National Spokesperson, AICC’ from her Twitter bio and also quit the AICC media group on WhatsApp.
In a tweet posted on Thursday, Chaturvedi had slammed her own party for reinstating “lumpen goons” who had allegedly misbehaved with her in Mathura. The Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) had suspended them on Chaturvedi’s complaint.
“Deeply saddened that lumpen goons get preference in @incindia over those who have given their sweat&blood. Having faced brickbats&abuse across board for the party but yet those who threatened me within the party getting away with not even a rap on their knuckles is unfortunate,” she had tweeted.
The tweet also contained a 15 April AICC notification signed by Fazle Masood on the reinstatement of the suspended party workers.
The notice said that the suspension was revoked following the intervention of Congress general secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia, who is in-charge of the party’s campaign in western Uttar Pradesh.
Among those reinstated were the vice president of the Congress committee in Mathura and a former MLA candidate.
Chaturvedi has been the face of the Congress in media addresses but was not given a ticket in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.
According to ANI, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that Chaturvedi will join the NDA ally.