Priyanka Chaturvedi joins Shiv Sena, says felt let down by the Congress

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Hours after tendering her resignation from the Congress party, Priyanka Chaturvedi on Friday joined the Shiv Sena in the presence of party chief Uddhav Thackeray. She was upset with the Congress for reinstating certain leaders who had misbehaved with her during a press conference in Mathura.

After joining the Shiv Sena, Chaturvedi referred to the incident and said she was let down by the Congress which chose not to act against those who insulted her. “I felt let down when the party chose to reinstate those who misbehaved with me. I raised the issue with the highest level of leadership,” Priyanka said.

Chaturvedi had lashed out at the Congress and accused it of giving preference to goons over those who had given their sweat and blood to the party. She further said that it was unfortunate and saddening that those who threatened her have got away without even a rap on their knuckles.

Speaking to reporters, Priyanka also denied reports that she quit the Congress as she was denied a ticket from North Mumbai. Without naming the constituency, Priyanka admitted that she was hopeful of a ticket but that wasn’t the reason why she quit.

Priyanka, one of the Congress party’s most vocal faces on key issues, sent her resignation to Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday evening. There is no word yet on her future course of action.

Deeply saddened that lumpen goons get preference in @incindia over those who have given their sweat and blood. Having faced brickbats and abuse across board for the party but yet those who threatened me within the party getting away with not even a rap on their knuckles is unfortunate, Priyanka Chaturvedi posted on Twitter on Wednesday.

Priyanka’s outburst came in response to a letter shared by one Vijay Lakshmi Sharma who posted a letter by the UP Congress committee suspending the action taken against the leaders who misbehaved with her.

The letter said that Jyotiraditya Scindia, who was recently appointed the Congress general secretary for UP (West) had revoked their suspension. The letter warned the suspended leaders not to be involved in such behaviour again. Priyanka Chaturvedi had pointed out the misbehaviour she faced at the hands of some Congress leaders during the press conference.

Priyanka has been a regular face in television studios and has been key to the Congress party’s communication strategy. She defended the party’s position on many issues and has been extremely critical of the BJP-led Modi government at the Centre on several issues.