Sunday, May 19, 2024

Priyanka only meets coterie; Sonia has no time for us: UP leaders

The Congress party seems to be lurching from one crisis to another. It seems only a matter of time before it crashes into a rock and disintegrates.

Nine senior congress leaders from Uttar Pradesh, who were expelled from the party last year,  have sent a letter to Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi asking her to rise above family-“parivaar ke moh se upar uthe” and save the party before it becomes history.

The letter was signed by former MP Santosh Singh, former minister Satyadev Tripathi, former MLAs Vinod Chaudhary, Bhoodar Narain Mishra, Nekchand Pandey, Swayam Prakash, and Sanjeev Singh.

In the letter, the former leaders mentioned that the party is in its ‘worst phase’. The leaders also claimed that they have been asking for a meeting with party president Sonia Gandhi but it has always been denied.

The letter says:

“There is an apprehension that you are not being apprised of the prevailing situation by those in charge of state affairs. We had appealed against our expulsion which was illegal but even the central disciplinary committee has not found time to consider our appeal,”

The leaders attacked the general secretary in charge of UP Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and claimed that she does not meet leaders outside her coterie.

The letter also talks about how senior party leaders are sidelined and the party posts are taken up by people who are not even primary members of the party.

The signatories in the letter said,

“These leaders are not familiar with the party’s ideology but are tasked to give direction to the party in UP,… Democratic norms are being thrown to the winds and senior leaders are being targeted, insulted, and expelled. In fact, we were informed of our expulsion from the media which speaks of the new work culture in the state unit.”

The letter comes at a time when the party is already facing an internal crisis. These expelled leaders have warned the party through letters that if it continues to remain blind to these internal tensions, nobody could save the grand old party to hit rock bottom.


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