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Congress leaders attack party’s high command after Sushmita Dev’s exit


Congress leaders have once again criticised the party’s top leadership for moving with “eyes wide shut” after former parliamentarian and a Congress member for three decades Sushmita Dev quit the century-old party.

The Assam politician is likely to join the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and is reportedly in Kolkata to meet party chief Mamata Banerjee and her nephew Abhishek Banerjee. A few weeks back another Congress leader Jitin Prasada had also left the Congress to join the BJP ahead of the UP Assembly election due next year.

Criticism of Congress high command

Congress leaders Kapil Sibal and Manish Tewari, who are part of the group of 23 leaders who had dropped a letter bomb on the Gandhis seeking sweeping reforms in the functioning of the party, have once again criticised the party’s leadership. Both Sibal and Tewari took to Twitter to express their disappointment on the exit of Dev.

“Sushmita Dev resigns from the primary membership of our Party. While young leaders leave we ‘oldies’ are blamed for our efforts to strengthen it. The Party moves on with: Eyes Wide Shut,” Sibal posted on Twitter.

“If this is true it is most unfortunate. Why @sushmitadevinc? Your erstwhile colleagues & friends especially  the person who was National President of @nsui when you contested your first @DUSUofficial elections back in 1991 deserve a better explanation than this laconic letter?” Tewari wrote on Twitter citing her resignation letter to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.

What Congress said

“I tried speaking with Sushmita Dev, her phone was off She was a dedicated Congress worker and perhaps is, even today. Congress President Sonia Gandhi has not received any letter from her. She’s mature enough to take her decisions, I can’t comment until I speak with her,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told reporters.

The change in her Twitter bio to “Former Member” of the party was the first clue this morning that she had quit. Though her resignation letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi surfaced soon, the party officially denied her exit and even the letter.


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