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Was mentally tortured in BJP,says Vajpayee’s niece Karuna Shukla

Written by Pti | Bhopal | Posted: October 28, 2013 5:34 am

A day after resigning from the BJP,former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s niece Karuna Shukla Sunday alleged that she had been “mentally tortured” by the party in Chhattisgarh.

“I feel that the BJP in Chhattisgarh was mentally torturing me because of which I felt that my usefulness to the party had come to an end,” Shukla,an ex-MP from Janjgir and former member of the undivided Madhya Pradesh Assembly,said.

She had resigned Saturday from the BJP,alleging that she was being “continuously neglected” by senior leaders.

She said her resignation from the party had nothing to do with seeking a ticket from Beltara (in Chhattisgarh) seat for next month’s Assembly elections. “Every party worker has a right to ask for an election ticket but not much importance can be attached to whether he gets it or not,” said Shukla,also a former national president of the BJP Mahila Morcha.

She alleged that she was removed from all posts and was not consulted for anything.

Shukla said she was very sad at quitting the BJP but because the manner in which the party “treated” her,she was forced to leave it.

The former MP said she had spent five days in Delhi seeking a meeting with BJP president Rajnath Singh,but he could not find the time to meet her. “I can understand that he can be busy but at least he should have replied to my phone calls,” Karuna said. She said it was strange that the BJP did not treat her gracefully although she had served the party for more than 30 years.

The former MP said she would never join the Congress.

Digvijaya: End of BJP vajpayee era

Taking a dig at the BJP over former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s niece quitting the party,Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Sunday said the development marked of the end of the ‘Vajpayee era’ in the saffron outfit. “With Karuna Shukla (Atalji’s niece) resigning,Atalji’s Era in BJP has ended. Era of fixers,liars and commission agents in BJP has begun,” Singh tweeted.

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