Hours after former Union minister Jayanthi Natarajan quit the Congress today slamming the party leadership for side-lining her, the party hit back saying her diatribe in the long, explosive letter she wrote to Congress president Sonia Gandhi was ‘opportunistic and factually incorrect’.
‘It is saddening that someone who got four terms in the Rajya Sabha and ministership in the government chose to release a diatribe which is factually incorrect,’ said Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi.
In her letter, Natarajan had alleged that she was ‘wrongly vilified’ and ‘defamed’ in the media by sections of the party. She also accused people from Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s office of planting stories in the media against her.
Singhvi said her allegations against Rahul seem to be on the behest of other people.
Natarajan was unceremoniously dropped from the union cabinet in December, 2013 months ahead of the general elections. She alleged in her letter, which was published by The Hindu, that till this day, the party leadership had not explained why she was dropped. Numerous attempts by her to talk to the Gandhi leadership failed, she said at the press conference.
Singhvi claimed that Natarajan’s letter and press conference were nothing but an ‘image bachao abhiyan.’