Jolt for Congress as Delhi Mahila president Barkha Singh Shukla resigns

Delhi Mahila Congress president Barkha Singh Shukla resigned on Thursday citing internal differences in the party. Barkha Singh Shukla is now the third party leader to resign, two days after Arvinder Singh Lovely and former Youth Congress leader Amit Malik abandoned the ship to join the Bharatiya Janata Party.

The resignations come even as the MCD elections in Delhi are scheduled for April 23.

According to a report in Indian Express, Barkha Singh Shukla, in her resignation letter, alleged that the party is suffering under the poor leadership of vice-president Rahul Gandhi. According to her, Rahul Gandhi is “mentally unfit” to be at the helm of things.

“In the current organisation where I am myself unsafe then how will I empower women in that organisation and that is why I hereby resign from the post of President of Delhi Mahila Congress,” Barkha Singh Shukla said in her resignation letter.

Barkha Singh Shukla. Photo courtesy of Barkha Singh Shukla.

Barkha Singh Shukla further accused Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken of misbehaving with her as well as several other Delhi Mahila Congress workers.

“Ajay Maken, Rahul Gandhi’s nominee in the party, misbehaved, not only with me but also with several office bearers of Delhi Mahila Congress,” Barkha Singh Shukla said, and added, “When the same was brought to the notice of Mr Rahul Gandhi, our plea fell on deaf ears.” She further alleged that one of them has even filed a police complaint against Ajay Maken and Shobha Oza for harassment.

Going all out at Rahul Gandhi for not addressing problems within the Congress party, Barkha Singh Shukla asked in the letter, “Why does Rahul Gandhi shy away from meeting party leaders who ask him questions? He is only interested in meeting sycophants and not leaders who reason, question and ask.”

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