Barkha Singh joins BJP after being expelled from Congress

RSTV Bureau
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.

A day after she was expelled from the Congress, Barkha Shukla Singh joined the BJP on Saturday, the evening before Delhi civic polls.

On Friday Barkha Singh was ousted from the Congress for a period of six years for anti-party activities after she lashed out against Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken.

After joining the BJP, the former Delhi Mahila Congress chief lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policies and said that her decision to join the BJP was not aimed at gaining any position in the party.

“I have joined the BJP neither to fight elections nor am I aiming for any position, but to work hard for assignments I will be given,” Singh told reporters.

She praised changes made by PM Modi over the past three years.

“I wrote to Modi three years ago urging him to take up the triple talaq issue for protection of women. The way he has responded to it has satisfied me,” she said.

Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Vijay Goel who was also present on the occasion of Singh’s induction into the party, said Singh’s entry had strengthened the BJP.

“Congress leadership at both the national level and in Delhi is neither listening to its party members nor is is being able to satisfy its leaders,” Goel said.

On Friday, the disciplinary committee of Congress’ Delhi unit removed Singh for indulging in “anti-party activities”.

Singh had accused Gandhi of not meeting party leaders and said he was “reluctant” to address “issues” within the organisation. Against Maken, she levelled allegations of “misbehaviour”.

Singh, who had complained against “neglect” of women workers in ticket distribution for the April 23 civic polls, alleged that the party workers were “snubbed” and their grievances were not addressed.

(With inputs from PTI)