Former Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi on Friday, 19 April, joined the Shiv Sena, blaming the Rahul Gandhi-led party for reinstating party workers who misbehaved with her recently.
Watch the press conference here.
Soon, Twitter stood divided on the motive behind her shift to a party which has been ideologically different from the Congress.
When you quit a party based on issue of harassment by party workers, and then you join a party whose party workers harass women of the entire city. That is called being a politician.— Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) April 19, 2019
Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha termed the decision as “political opportunism”.
Within 48 hours Shiv Sena , alliance partner of #BJP , has no “goons “ in it. Awesome! Kya baat hai!— Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) April 19, 2019
Political opportunism touches a new nadir.
The self-righteous bullshit is sickening.
But hey, tomorrow is another day.
Author Saba Naqvi also questioned her choice of party and tweeted saying Shiv Sena trumps Congress when it comes to hooliganism.
If #PriyankaChaturvedi had a moral point to make about Congress hooligans, surely lost in joining party inimical to ideology she spouted till yday? And on hooliganism, historically Sena can out thrash Cong any day.— Saba Naqvi (@_sabanaqvi) April 19, 2019
She will be protected. Can't wait for pic greeting Modi n Shah.
Journalist Rana Ayyub called her switch-over “opportunism”.
From Congress to Shiv Sena in twelve hours. All politics is opportunism, there is no such thing as ideology.. https://t.co/FUQ3lYS34g— Rana Ayyub (@RanaAyyub) April 19, 2019
Twitter Slams Congress Failing to Act on Goons Who ‘Misbehaved’ With Priyanka Chaturvedi
On the other hand, there were several on Twitter who slammed the Congress for failing to act on the goons who misbehaved with Priyanka Chaturvedi and called her resignation “an unfortunate development.”
National Conference’s Omar Abdullah tweeted saying, “Unfortunate to lose her because she felt her party didn’t stand up for her.”
He also referred to her as “a fearless advocate for the party and leadership.”
To have lost her to selfish personal interests would have been no loss but to lose her because she felt her party didn’t stand up for her is all the more unfortunate. All the best going ahead Priyanka @priyankac19— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) April 19, 2019
A number of journalists also voiced their emotions on Chaturvedi quitting Congress. Senior journalist Aditya Raj Kaul said it shows the Congress “in poor light.”
Priyanka Chaturvedi resigns from the Congress party after the party reinstated the men who harassed and misbehaved with her in Mathura. This shows Congress in very poor light. Have seen @priyankac19 rise since 2013 as a dynamic spokesperson with her own hardwork on ground.— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) April 19, 2019
Others said that Chaturvedi has had to face “burden of patriarchy” within the party.
More power to people like @priyankac19 who question their political parties over decisions which they see as unjust.— Roshan Kishore (@Roshanjnu) April 17, 2019
No political party should be above inner party criticism.
Of course she also has to confront the double burden of patriarchy here https://t.co/ylqqZAtILS
And some others reminisced Chaturvedi’s decade-long stint as a Congress spokesperson.
After a decade of inspired service @priyankac19 quits @INCIndia.This— Madhavan Narayanan (@madversity) April 19, 2019
is a defining moment in Indian politics.Political parties are accountable organisations. Questions arise as to how they conduct themselves where they have to balance principles with morale#priyankachaturvedi https://t.co/iZLoft4TAj
I remember election results day 2014. When most INC leaders were skulking in the shadows, @priyankac19 stepped up and answered questions on TV bravely and clearly. She’s an asset for the party, a fine spokesperson, and a rare politician who has always stayed grounded. Good luck! https://t.co/VlClVo9Iz2— Sadanand Dhume (@dhume) April 19, 2019
On one hand, Chaturvedi received support from Congress supporters asking her and the party to reconcile.
Ma'am, please don't leave @INCIndia !— Malhar (@MalharTakle) April 19, 2019
You have done an amazing job till now. It's time for Great Success to come. Its a whole hearted request of many like me ?
This is the last thing we want as Cong supporters.. Request @RahulGandhi not to consider her resignation and take immidiate action.— HRK (@nofunwidoutpun) April 19, 2019
While on the other hand, those opposed to Congress also went beyond their loyalties to extend their support to her.
With all disagreement with Priyanka Chaturvedi kept aside, she has worked her way up the political ladder. Was just a social media person in 2013 and in 6 years is a known face. Have to acknowledge her hard work. Always good to see self made women in politics.— Pratyasha Rath (@pratyasharath) April 19, 2019
Party who doesn't respect their Workers. Doesn't deserves hard working leaders like you ?— Lagbhag ENGINEER (@EngineerFarzi) April 19, 2019
जी आपके साथ न्याय नय कर पाये @RahulGandhi जनता को न्याय केसे कर पायेंगे !! जनता तो समज रही अब आप को भी समज आ गया दुबे जहाज़ में बेठना हानिकारक हे ?— Hitesh Chavda (@imhiteshchavda) April 19, 2019
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