The Delhi Congress today expelled its women's wing chief Barkha Shukla Singh, who in an open letter on Thursday had hit out at vice-president Rahul Gandhi, calling him "unfit to lead the party", and alleged harassment of party workers by Delhi unit chief Ajay Maken.
Singh, a former Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief, had resigned from her party post on Thursday. "Rahul Gandhi is unfit to lead the party," she said in the letter. "The one pertinent question we need to ask today is why is Rahul Gandhi in hiding? Why is he scared of meeting his own party members?" Singh asked.
Singh alleged Maken had misbehaved with women party workers. "Ajay Maken, Rahul Gandhi's nominee in the party, misbehaved not only with me but also with several office-bearers of the Delhi Mahila Congress. When the same was brought to the notice of Rahul Gandhi, our plea fell on deaf ears."
"It is because of this attitude of Rahul Gandhi and Ajay 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 Ajay Maken and (All India Mahila Congress President) Shobha Oza," she added.
"Congress party under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi and Ajay 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 Delhi Mahila Congress," she wrote in the letter.
In reaction, the Congress' women wing issued a statement removing Barkha Singh from the post of president of Delhi Mahila Congress.
In a statement, All India Mahila Congress President Shobha Oza said: "This is to inform that Barkha Shukla Singh has been removed from the post of President, Delhi Pradesh Mahila Congress, with immediate effect."
Singh's removal from the party comes in the middle of the crucial MCD election. On Tuesday, former Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely and former Youth Congress leader Amit Malik quit the party and joined the BJP.