Priyanka Chaturvedi joins Shiv Sena after resigning from Congress

Priyanka Chaturvedi on Friday joined the Shiv Sena after resigning from the Congress. She announced the decision at a press conference with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai.

Chaturvedi was upset with the Congress’s decision of reinstating the party men she had accused of “misbehaving” with her.

The incident happened in September last year when she held a press conference regarding the Rafale controversy in Mathura where reports suggest some party workers misbehaved with her and she complained about the incident to the party high command. Though initially the workers were removed, but recently the party reinstated them, reportedly on the recommendation of the Congress in-charge of UP West Jyotiraditya Scindia.

Putting out her resignation letter on Twitter, Priyanka said: “In the last few weeks certain things have convinced me that my services are not valued in the organisation and that I have reached the end of the road. At the same time, I also feel that more time that I spend in the organisation will be at the cost of my own self-respect and dignity.”

“A serious incident and misbehaviour against me by certain party members, while I was on official duty for the party, has been ignored under the guise of all hands needed for elections. This indignity to me has been the final factor to convince me to move on focus on other things outside INC,” the letter reads.

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said that Chaturvedi was “an asset” to the Congress.

“It’s a pity @priyankac19 will not be seen defending the Congress on our TV screens any longer. She was an asset to the party & a fearless advocate for the party & its leadership,” Omar tweeted.

“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,” Omar added.