Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi quit the Congress party and joined the Shiv Sena on Friday. She went public with her resentment against the Congress high command for reinstating members who had harassed her during a visit to Mathura a few months ago.
In a press conference with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, Chaturvedi said she was hurt and let down by the Congress decision, and refuted reports that denial of a ticket from Mathura was the reason for her exit from the grand old party.
Early Friday morning, Chaturvedi removed ‘AICC Spokesperson’ and all Congress links from her Twitter profile and tweeted the letter of resignation she sent to Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
In a tweet on Wednesday, the leader blasted the Congress for allowing her harasser back into the party and also giving one a ticket. In September , last year the UP Congress workers had misbehaved with her and heckled her when she was addressing a press conference on the Rafale deal in Mathura. She said the Congress chose “lumpen goons” against those who had “given their sweat and blood” for the party.
The Congress removed them but later welcomed them because of local support in the Lok Sabha polls, after leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, in charge of the campaign in west UP.
Initially after news broke out about her quitting the Congress party, she received support from across the political spectrum. But then, when she joined the Shiv Sena at 1pm on Friday, the same people called her opportunistic.
Shiv Sena is a Marathi regional and Hindu nationalist political party. They are known for being anti-migrants, and have often taken the law into their hands. Their actions are referred as “goonda raj (hooliganism)”. Off late, they have been more accommodating and are making attempts to reinvent themselves.