Congress leader Barkha Singh Shukla resigns, accuses Ajay Maken of harassing women workers

She alleged that the party is suffering under the ineffective leadership of vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who is "mentally unfit" to be at the helm of things.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 20, 2017 6:53 pm
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Delhi Mahilla Congress president Barkha Singh Shukla became the third party leader to resign two days after Arvinder Singh Lovely and former Youth Congress leader Amit Malik abandoned ship to join the Bharatiya Janata Party. The string of resignations come close on the heels of the MCD elections in Delhi scheduled for April 23.

Barkha Singh reportedly resigned citing internal differences. In her resignation letter, she alleged that the party is suffering under the ineffective leadership of vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who is “mentally unfit” to be at the helm of things. She claimed this view is endorsed by many senior leaders within the grand old party.

“In the current organisation where I am myself unsafe then how will I empower women in that organisation and that is why I hereby resign from the post of President of Delhi Mahila Congress,” Shukla said in her resignation letter.

Shukla has also accused Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken of misbehaving with not only her but with several other Delhi Mahila Congress workers. “Ajay Maken, Rahul Gandhi’s nominee in the party, misbehaved, not only with me but also with several office bearers of Delhi Mahila Congress,” she said, adding, “When the same was brought to the notice of Mr Rahul Gandhi, our plea fell on deaf ears.” She alleged that one of them has even filed a police complaint against Maken and Shobha Oza for harassment.

Slamming Rahul Gandhi for not addressing issues within his own party, Shukla asked in the letter, “Why does Rahul Gandhi shy away from meeting party leaders who ask him questions ? He is only interested in meeting sycophants and not leaders who reason, question and ask.”

Here’s her full resignation letter:

With utmost regret I have to say that the Congress Party under the leadership of Mr Rahul Gandhi and Mr Ajay Maken have only used the issue of empowerment of women and women security to gather votes and it means nothing to them. Ajay Maken, Rahul Gandhi’s nominee in the party, misbehaved, not only with me but also with several office bearers of Delhi Mahila Congress, and when the same was brought to the notice of Mr Rahul Gandhi, our plea fell on deaf ears. More so on the first day of Navratra when scores of office bearers of Delhi Mahila Congress asssembeled outside Mr Rahul Gandhi’s residence to apprise him of the wrong doings of the Delhi Congress and Mahila Congress leadership, we were told by Rahul Gandhis office that they didnt care about any Navratra and we were asked to leave. It is because of this attitude of Rahul Gandhi and Ajay Maken that as many as 5 District Presidents and 75 Block Presidents resigned from the organisation. One of them has also filed a complaint of harrassment against Ajay Maken and Shobha Oza.

It is sheer hypocricy that when Vinay Katiyar makes absurd remarks about Priyanka Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi’s office expects us to protest against the same, but when we complain of Ajay Maken abusing and threatening us, we are told by one gentleman in the same office by the name of Alankar Sawai that we should take up the same with Ajay Maken himself.

The one pertinent question we need to ask today is that why is Rahul Gandhi in hiding ? Why is he scared of meeting his own party members ? Several senior leaders have quit the party because of this very reason, Rahul Gandhi’s reluctance on addressing issues that exist within the organisation. Why does Rahul Gandhi shy away from meeting party leaders who ask him questions ? He is only interested in meeting sycophants and not leaders who reason, question and ask.

Senior most leaders of the party, I would not like to name anybody, are also of the view that Rahul Gandhi is mentally unfit to lead the party but choose not to say it because of reasons that are unknown to me.

I am a loyal soldier of the congress party and will continue to remain that, but in the current organisation where I am myself unsafe then how will I empower women in that organisation and that is why I hereby resign from the post of President of Delhi Mahila Congress.”

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First Published on: April 20, 2017 6:05 pm
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    Ramesh Somanathan
    Apr 21, 2017 at 8:57 pm
    I am surprised that the lady in question still has hopes on the Congress party. She has only resigned from the President ship of the Congress Mahila wing and not from the party as she wants to be a loyal soldier. Bunkum. The only solution for revival of the g old party is to sack the hi family along with their loyal sycophants from the membership of the party. Let a new leadership take over as an alternative to BJP. Otherwise there is no hope for Congress which is a sinking ship. I want Indian National Congress and not hi Congress, which has nothing to do with INC.
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      Rathna LK
      Apr 21, 2017 at 7:23 am
      Women empowerment doesn`t need only those people who are in power or who are in positions..Having thousands of women in higher positions, as entrepreneurs , bureaucrats, we still read in news every day, that women are killed, women are molested, this , that and that.. I am an average common woman.. i hail from a normal city and i faced thousands of problems in my own life.. and today if i am living.. somebody didnot lend me a hand to come up..to empower others is a choice.. and in course of journey towards building a career for oneself,different people choose different paths.If men behave absurdly in politics ..it`s ok.. but, being a woman, one should have minimum ethics whatever profession it is.. Blackmailing Shri Rahul hi and abusing him with derogatory words is truly immoral for a woman in this manner..While we are in 21st century and moving ahead in every sphere , still in politics there is no professionalism. Very sad & sorry state of affairs in our political system
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        Vijay
        Apr 21, 2017 at 4:18 am
        Rats have started jumping the sinking ship.
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          AMANDEEP
          Apr 21, 2017 at 2:48 am
          Time to give the his a final push ... end to this ridiculous khandani way of running political parties and businesses .... bring in merit, not inheritance.
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            vnksk
            Apr 21, 2017 at 3:48 am
            Cong future is bleak. It's now only o of the anti Hindu party. Only diff is it has a set of chamcha media like IE.
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            SubbuI
            Apr 21, 2017 at 12:27 am
            Typos in my below comment:- not WHO
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              SubbuI
              Apr 21, 2017 at 12:23 am
              LET THESE RATS RUN THE TURBULENT SHIP ie THE CONGRESS. MAKES NO DIFFERENCE . LET THEN CHANT MODI BHAJANS AND ATTAIN BLISS. FILTHY AND POLITICAL WHO WILL GET HIV FROM BJP
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                rishi
                Apr 20, 2017 at 11:45 pm
                India needs a disciplined, committed and honest governance of RSS-BJP-Led-NDA for as long as our crores of aspiring young women and men insearch of clean and honest livelihoods in an environment of National Pride reach at their desirable incomes and better living . There is therfore no reason for any opposition to exist as Development -Oriented Governance must remain uninterrupted for the next three-or four terms.......NO OPPOSITION, WHATSOEVER !
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                  TIHAEwale
                  Apr 20, 2017 at 10:30 pm
                  Barkha is throwing towel because she was hammered twice by AAP in her cons uency R.K.Puram , rest of her outburst is sheer nonsense
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                    rajan
                    Apr 20, 2017 at 10:15 pm
                    It appears some more rats are preparing themselves for leaving the sinking ship. The language Barkha has deliberately used in her resignation letter clearly suggests that she is on way out of the party. Politics is game of the turncoats & only chameleons survive in it. She must be eyeing greener pastures in BJP.
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                      NC Gopalam
                      Apr 20, 2017 at 10:03 pm
                      Congress leadership failed to identify the honest leaders. Yet,it may overcome from its failures.
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                        Chandu Shah
                        Apr 20, 2017 at 9:59 pm
                        So long as his are at the helm congress is doomed. People have now realised that Nehru family were only there for their own personal gratification. People know the reasons for vote bank politics. Nehru, his and now Vadras have looted India left right and centre
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                          Dalit
                          Apr 20, 2017 at 9:44 pm
                          Rahul hi is modern Rama -a total moron who may also be king in about 2 years time.People may get sick of all the hateful dance of rss bannars.
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                            Citizen
                            Apr 20, 2017 at 9:43 pm
                            After all "Truth is Bitter" as every one knows reservations by birth any where is not going to work and this is not an exception except in dictatorships only that too is doubtful in present day high tech world. Jaihind
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                              Vasudevan Venugopal
                              Apr 20, 2017 at 9:13 pm
                              Congress leadership should be open to suggestions. The Nation needs a strong ruling party and an equally sound opposition party. With some course correction Congress will be able to steer clear of obstacles and set sail again. It is difficult for others to say what course correction the party needs. It is for the party to decide and implement; and implement immediately indeed.
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                                rajan
                                Apr 20, 2017 at 9:55 pm
                                You are absolutely correct. With BJP on rampage, we do need a strong opposition. Since Congress is the only Pan-India party apart from the communal BJP, it must pull up it's socks to revive itself to the days of yore. The need of the hour is that all opposition parties bury the hatchet& form a united front against the dangerous ruling dispensation. Nitish Kumar appears to be the best for leading the front and all others must stand unitedly behind him to combat communal forces. The way the ruling party is conducting itself, opposition will stand to lose in case it doesn't come together well in time. BJP juggernaut under the hypocritical Modi has to be stopped in its track to save the nation from further divisions. Most Hindus have secular outlook but in absence of any credible alternative, they are forced to vote for this undeserving party which is no less corrupt in any way. Wake up before it is too late. Kejriwal needs to get out of the mould of an activist & must keep his promises
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                                heena
                                Apr 20, 2017 at 9:13 pm
                                This is reality everywhere in this party. It is also clear that the protest and purchase of people from this party leaderships. Not by the public.
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                                  Juju
                                  Apr 20, 2017 at 8:30 pm
                                  The policy of BJP seems to be to discard their own workers and to bring ,what they consider to talent ,to manage the party It is one of the side reaction of notebandi
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                                    L.P.Kulkarni
                                    Apr 20, 2017 at 9:25 pm
                                    Now talk about corrupt SOGA and RAGA. They are helping and co-operating with NAMO for Bharat Mukt Congress.
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                                    Truth
                                    Apr 20, 2017 at 8:15 pm
                                    SoGa is unwell and retired hurt.......RaGa is unfit to lead............why don't they call it quits and let the party elect a new and capable leader ?
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                                      k.madhukar
                                      Apr 20, 2017 at 9:29 pm
                                      Elementary,my dear Watson, Soga and Raga never allowed any competent leader to come up.
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                                        KS KUMAR
                                        Apr 20, 2017 at 9:39 pm
                                        The entire funds are controlled by the family and I feel some background person like Ahmed Patel. So this mafia does not want SG to leave and a competent person to take over the party. Congress is flush with funds and lands and this mafia wants to take over all that keeping SG and RG as faces of the party.
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                                          venkat
                                          Apr 20, 2017 at 11:45 pm
                                          u forget PiGa
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                                            Raj
                                            Apr 22, 2017 at 11:51 am
                                            she is next prime minister ..........
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                                          sundaram
                                          Apr 20, 2017 at 8:10 pm
                                          Under the leadership of Rahul hi, the Congress party is loosing its leaders, workers, One by one, to BJP. The latest addition to that list is Barkha Singh Shukla. unless Rahul hi changes his at ude and thinking or give up the leadership position in favour of some charismatic person, he will be the last one left in the party, before the end of Next year.
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                                            Ratnakar Mahapatra
                                            Apr 20, 2017 at 8:09 pm
                                            Bahanji aap abtak kahan the. Kya BJP keliye laar tapk rahahe (followed by lovely singh.)
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                                              KS KUMAR
                                              Apr 20, 2017 at 9:41 pm
                                              Why don't you question RG as to what he is doing when so many things are happening in his party and people are directly holding him responsible.
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                                              Sheik Mohamed
                                              Apr 20, 2017 at 7:36 pm
                                              Mrs.Shukla who was senior leader of cong(I) has rightly questioned the at ude of RAGA towards his own party workers, if the trend continues like this the day is not too far when cong(I) shall left only with Soniaji and RAGA as members of party.
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                                                Dash
                                                Apr 20, 2017 at 7:22 pm
                                                Cong & AAP will be severely punished in MCD polls. The latest ABP CVoter survey confirms it. Ask anyobe in ground,he or she will say anybody but Kejriwal. Such is the anger against incompetent Kejri. BJP will get 200 seats. Khujliewaal will blane EVMs.
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