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Amit Malik blames Rahul Gandhi for Congress members joining BJP

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

Holding vice-president responsible for his allegiance to the (BJP) ahead of the civic polls, former Youth president Amit Malik on Wednesday said the grand old party's rigid process in allocating party seats forced him to quit the party.

"For the past three years, the Youth worked hard to float the sinking ship (Congress) when the came to power. We took part in every protest, held 'dharnas' to keep the relevant, but when we asked tickets for 20 people from the Youth Congress, they refused," Malik told ANI.

"We even pleaded and knelt before Maken, but he did not listen to us. Even did not pay attention. It is primarily because of this that several Youth members would go to office and apply for the membership," he added.

Former chief minister also blamed Maken for the mass exodus of the party members.

"Yes, of course. That is the reason (Maken's way of leadership). What else can be the reason? People worked with me for 15 years when was in power. Did you hear any such news of people leaving the party then?" she said.

She also held Pradesh Committee's (PCC) faulty system responsible for senior leaders quiiting the party.

"The approach which a PCC head should have, of working with everybody, is not there. The primary reason behind people quitting the party is them being ignored, not listened to. So, out of frustration, they are doing so. There is some problem with the prevailing system in the PCC. There is an urgent need to amend it," she said.

Besides Malik, four-time MLA and one of the important ministers in Sheila Dikshit's cabinet, Arvinder Singh Lovely also joined the on Tuesday, giving a severe blow to the ahead of MCD polls.

Lovely was also reportedly upset over ticket distribution.

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First Published: Wed, April 19 2017. 07:32 IST