Spotlight on Rahul Gandhi as Congress faces exodus

RSTV Bureau

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“Why is he (Rahul) scared of meeting his own party members?…”, “The child is dead. Congress is finished…”. These remarks by two dyed-in wool Congress leaders sum up the crisis within the party, which has now seemingly grown manifolds.

Just days after Arvinder Singh Lovely, who was among the most coveted minister in erstwhile Shiela Dikshit era of Congress party in Delhi, left to join the BJP, another long-standing leader Barkha Shukla Singh lashed out at Rahul Gandhi.

“Why is he (Rahul) scared of meeting his own party members? Several senior leaders have quit the party because of this very reason – his reluctance over addressing issues that exist within the organisation,” the former Delhi Mahila Congress chief and ex-MLA had earlier said.

Besides Rahul Gandhi, Barkha Singh also attacked Ajay Maken, the incumbent chief of Congress party’s Delhi unit.

File photo: Delhi Mahila Congress president Barkha Singh addressing a press conference in New Delhi on 20 April 2017.

File photo: Delhi Mahila Congress president Barkha Singh addressing a press conference in New Delhi on 20 April 2017.

As she charged Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi calling him “reluctant” to address “issues” within the party organisation, Congress party decided to bring her down to books.

“This is to inform that Barkha Shukla Singh has been removed from the post of president of Delhi Pradesh Mahila Congress with immediate effect,” All India Mahila Congress President Shobha Oza said in a statement.

But the party, now seemingly, imploding is witnessing defiant leaders, some of whom even senior in ranks.

“I will not quit the Congress and continue to wage my war within the party,” she said, adding that “I will move the court against my illegal removal”.

BJP President Amit Shah presents the party membership slip to former DPCC President Arvinder Singh Lovely as he joins Bharatiya Janata Party in New Delhi on Tuesday. Another new joinee Amit Malik is also seen.

BJP President Amit Shah presents the party membership slip to former DPCC President Arvinder Singh Lovely as he joins Bharatiya Janata Party in New Delhi, April 21, 2017. Another new joinee Amit Malik is also seen.

Three days ago, former Delhi Congress president and Gandhi Nagar MLA Arvinder Singh Lovely lashed out at Congress leadership as he joined the party he opposed for years, the BJP.

“The child is dead. Congress is finished,” he told reporters, expressing his unhappiness with its leadership, including vice president Rahul Gandhi.

Lovely also charged that many senior Congress leaders are feeling “suffocated” as the party is no longer what it used to be.

Few weeks ago, another Congress veteran AK Walia had expressed dissatisfaction over the ticket-distribution for the upcoming MCD polls.

Another Congress member and a face of their protest in Delhi, Amit Malik, also quit the party to cross over into BJP this week.