The Congress’s top techie in Delhi quit Monday, 30 years after he joined the party, because he was not given a ticket for the elections next month. But what has really left the party red-faced is that on Tuesday Sanjey Puri also shut down its state website and the online portal of its national mouthpiece Sandesh.
“I started these websites, I have been running them on my own for years now, so why should I let a party that betrayed me keep them when I have quit,” Puri told The Indian Express.
On Tuesday evening, visitors to dpcc.co.in and congresssandesh.com were greeted with this line: “Sorry for the inconvenience.”
The message continued: “This site with doman name DPCC.CO.IN was designed, developed and maintained by Shri Sanjay Puri since 2008 (Member Congress Campaign Committee, DPCC, 2015). He withdraws the services after the resignation from his primary membership of Indian National Congress on 19th January, 2015.”
While Puri repeatedly insisted that he was out of the party for good, senior Congress leaders and members of the AICC claimed that they “have sorted out all differences” with him.
Yet, the websites continued to display that message at the time of going to press, with Puri clarifying that his first name has been misspelt in it.
Sources in the party said Puri had even met AICC president Sonia Gandhi Tuesday who patiently heard him out.
“Sanjey will work for the party and he has not resigned,” AICC in charge of Delhi P C Chacko told The Indian Express.
However, Puri said he would now contest the elections as an “independent candidate” from Janakpuri against BJP heavyweight and five-time MLA Jagdish Mukhi.
The Congress has fielded Mukhi’s son-in-law Suresh Kumar as its official candidate in the constituency.
“I will file my nomination on Wednesday. Some senior leaders took me to the Congress president to discuss my resignation. But what assurances can they give me now?” asked Puri.
Asked about the websites, Puri said the party chief had inaugurated the Sandesh website in 2001. “I have worked voluntarily all these years. In 2008, I started the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee website, dpcc.co.in. I have worked hard, but for four elections now, they have denied me a ticket,” Puri added on Tuesday.
Sanjey Puri was NSUI’s national president and Youth Congress secretary and once headed the party’s computer and research department for the Delhi unit.