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Barkha Singh quits party post, blames Rahul, Maken

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In another setback to the just ahead of the civic polls due on Sunday, Barkha Singh on Thursday quit as the party's women's wing chief in She also hit out at Vice President and the party's unit chief Maken.

"party under the leadership of and Maken has only used the issue of empowerment of women and women security to gather votes. The issue means nothing to them," the former Commission for Women (DCW) chief said:

"In an organisation where I myself am unsafe, how will I empower other women in that organisation? That is why I hereby resign from the post of President of Mahila "

Singh even quoted other senior party leaders questioning her party's Vice President's capabilities, saying: "is unfit to lead the party."

"The one pertinent question we need to ask today is why is in hiding? Why is he scared of meeting his own party members?" Singh said in a statement.

Several senior leaders had quit the party because of that very reason, she said.

"is reluctant to address issues that exist within the organisation. Why does shy away from meeting party leaders who ask him questions," she asked.

"He (Rahul) is only interested in meeting sycophants and not leaders who reason, question and ask," she added.

Describing herself as a loyal soldier of the Congress, Barkha Singh said she would continue to remain that.

"Maken, Rahul Gandhi's nominee in the party, misbehaved not only with me but also with several office-bearers of the Mahila When the same was brought to the notice of Rahul Gandhi, our plea fell on deaf ears."

"It is because of this attitude of and Maken that as many as five districts presidents and 75 block presidents resigned from the organisation. One of them has also filed a complaint of harassment against Maken and (All India Mahila President) Shobha Oza," she added.



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First Published: Thu, April 20 2017. 21:12 IST