Former Delhi Mahila Congress Chief Barkha Shukla Singh who was expelled from the party after taking on vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Ajay Maken joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday, as reported by the news agency ANI. Shukla joined BJP at the party headquarters in presence of Shyam Jaju, the party’s national vice-president. Singh had engaged in a war of words with vice-president Rahul Gandhi, saying the decision to remove her as chief of the women’s wing of the Delhi unit of the Congress party was wrong.
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Here’s what Singh said against Rahul Gandhi and Ajay Maken in a press statement:
“With utmost regret, I have to say that the Congress Party under the leadership of Mr Rahul Gandhi and Mr Ajay Maken have only used the issue of empowerment of women and women security to gather votes and it means nothing to them.
“Ajay Maken, Rahul Gandhi’s nominee in the party, misbehaved not only with me but also with several office bearers of Delhi Mahila Congress, and when the same was brought to the notice of Mr Rahul Gandhi, our plea fell on deaf ears. More so on the first day Navratra when scores of office bearers of Delhi Mahila Congress assembled outside Mr Rahul Gandhi’s residence to apprise him of the wrong doings of the Delhi Congress and Mahila Congress leadership, we were told by Rahul Gandhi’s office that they didn’t care about any Navratra and we were asked to leave. It is because of this attitude of Rahul Gandhi and Ajay Maken that as many as five district Presidents and 75 Block Presidents resigned from the organisation. One of them has also filed a complaint of harassment against Ajay Maken and Shobha Ozha.