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Jolt for Congress, Barkha Singh quits party post, blames Rahul, Maken

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In another setback to the with the civic polls due on Sunday, its women wing chief Barkha Singh quit the post, and hit out at Vice President and the party's unit chief Maken.

In reaction, the Congress' women wing issued a statement removing Barkha Singh from the post of president of Mahila

In a statement, All India Mahila President Shobha Oza said: "This is to inform that Barkha Shukla Singh has been removed from the post of President, Pradesh Mahila Congress, with immediate effect."

Resigning from the party, Barkha Singh, a former Commission for Women (DCW) chief, lashed out at senior party leaders. "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," she 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 "

"is unfit to lead the party," she said.

"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.

The development comes after former chief Arvinder Singh Lovely and former Youth leader Amit Malik quit the party and joined the BJP on Tuesday.



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First Published: Thu, April 20 2017. 22:28 IST