After some Congress leaders criticised the party’s high command following the exit of former MP Sushmita Dev, the latter has now clarified that she had no issues with Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. Dev, however, declined to explain the reasons for her exit from Congress.
Notably, the Assam leader joined the Trinamool Congress after leaving Congress—a move that surprised many Congress leaders. “I had a long association with the Congress. The Congress gave me a lot of opportunities. In my 30 years in politics, I have not demanded anything from the Congress high command. I hope the Congress president forgives me for my shortcomings,” she said.
Meanwhile, there are speculations that Dev might be given charge of the Trinamool Congress’ Assam unit. However, she said that she had joined the party without any condition and will be happy to render whatever responsibilities are entrusted upon her.
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.
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