Congress expels Barkha Singh Shukla for ‘anti-party activities’

Singh, who had on Thursday vowed not to quit the party, hit out at Rahul, saying the decision 'proved' his 'mental bankruptcy'.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:April 21, 2017 11:25 am
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The Congress on Friday expelled Barkha Shukla Singh from the party for six years, a day after she attacked its vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Delhi unit chief Ajay Maken and quit as local women’s wing chief.

The disciplinary committee of Congress’ Delhi unit removed her for indulging in “anti-party activities” days ahead of the municipal polls, where the party is hoping for a revival of fortunes after the 2015 assembly poll debacle.

Singh, who had on Thursday vowed not to quit the party, hit out at Rahul, saying the decision “proved” his “mental bankruptcy” and added that she will take legal recourse against it.

“The Congress is not the Gandhi family’s property,” Singh said, claiming she had no plans to join the BJP or any other party at this point.

The four-member disciplinary committee comprised of former Delhi minister Narender Nath, former Mahila Congress chief Abha Chaudhary, and party leaders Mahmood Zia and Surender Kumar.

She earlier accused Gandhi of not meeting party leaders and said he was “reluctant” to address “issues” within the organisation. She also levelled allegations of “misbehaviour” against Maken.

Singh, who had complained against “neglect” of women workers in ticket distribution for the April 23 civic polls, alleged that the party workers were “snubbed” and their grievances were not addressed.

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    TIHAEwale
    Apr 21, 2017 at 5:13 pm
    Sour grapes Barkha. Congress did right thing in expelling you. at the moment every social creeper wants to embrace BJP so please go ahead only your timing of rebellion could have been better planned.
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      S.Kumar
      Apr 21, 2017 at 5:12 pm
      Listen to rahul dialog....congress sabse bada party..niyam aur kanoon nahi chalthe, ek bhi niyam aur kanoon iss party me nahi, har dho minutes naye niyam banaathe hai..purane niyam ko dhaba dhethe hai...yahaan shayad kisiko bhi nahi maalum congress ka niyam kya hai ????
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        Amrita
        Apr 21, 2017 at 5:05 pm
        Ironic but true. The INC resembles our local RWA in Vasant Kunj where even police complaints made by women are taken lightly. An office bearer who has been complained against continues as office bearer. I would not be surprised if he was made President. The police in turn take their cue from the RWA and the Federation and DO NOT ACT, This is the plight of the empowered educated woman who has to continue to be at the receiving end of patriarchal systems. Like the Congress a few individuals hold the others hostage to their whims and fancies. The fact that society as a w does not rise as one shows the harsh reality women experience. This apathy will cost society as a w in the long run.
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          Amrita
          Apr 21, 2017 at 5:07 pm
          as a w
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          PM Nair
          Apr 21, 2017 at 2:53 pm
          if you wanted to remain in congress forget your self esteem/respec...only praise pappu congress is no more a national party it is sonia-rahul party......
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            AKG
            Apr 21, 2017 at 2:45 pm
            Barkha Angoor Kahtte hain. Go to Amit Ji and bloom like a LOTUS.
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              Satyaranjan mahapatra
              Apr 21, 2017 at 2:36 pm
              Good policy by Congress: Live with the system or Leave the system. This lady must have known this previously after staying so long in the party.
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                Sagar
                Apr 21, 2017 at 1:57 pm
                Expelling those who express dissent - even if it is wrong opinion - is a sign of pettiness. Ms. Shukla has been ociated with the Congress for long and if she has grievances they should be addressed properly - throwing her out of the organisation shows bankruptcy of the Congress, though unfortunately this is the pattern in all Indian political parties.
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                  vijay
                  Apr 21, 2017 at 2:21 pm
                  Rightly said
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                    Eve Fernandez
                    Apr 21, 2017 at 4:28 pm
                    Expelling a person who makes adverse comments with intention of joining another party is correct. Fair weather friend, Turncoat. Sabotager.
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                    yousef
                    Apr 21, 2017 at 1:44 pm
                    Madam you must accept that Rahulji is the only leader of Congress party after Sonia. Else leave and if you do not want to join BJP, you have a choice of casteist and familywadi facist parties Yadav party or Dalit party or Karunanidhi party or the No to all negative party of communists.
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                      AKG
                      Apr 21, 2017 at 2:43 pm
                      Or she can join MIM or Owaisi's party.
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