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Last Updated Friday April 28 2017 11:39 AM IST

Congress leader says Rahul unfit to lead, party expels her

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Congress leader says Rahul unfit to lead, party expels her Delhi Mahila Congress president Barkha Singh addressing a press conference in New Delhi on Thursday. PTI

New Delhi: The Congress on Friday expelled Barkha Singh from the party, a day after she resigned from all party posts raising questions over the leadership of vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Delhi unit chief Ajay Maken.

The action was taken by state unit's disciplinary committee headed by former minister Narendra Nath. The committee found Singh undertaking anti-party activities.

"Disciplinary Committee of the DPCC in its meeting has unanimously decided to expel Barkha Singh for period of six years from the party for undertaking anti-party activities just before the MCD elections," a party statement said.

Earlier, resigning from the post Barkha Singh lashed out at Rahul Gandhi and Ajay Maken.

"Congress party under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi and Ajay Maken has only used the issue of empowerment of women and women security to gather votes. The issue means nothing to them," she said.

She charged Rahul Gandhi with not meeting party leaders and was 'reluctant' to address 'issues' within the party organization.

"Delhi Congress president (Maken) not only misbehaved with me but also with other office bearers of Mahila Congress at his residence. When the matter was brought to the notice of Rahul Gandhi, nothing happened," said Singh, a former chairperson of Delhi Commission for Women (DCW).

"In an organization where I myself am unsafe, how will I empower other women in that organization? That is why I hereby resign from the post of president of Delhi Mahila Congress."

"Rahul Gandhi is mentally unfit to lead the party," she said.

"Why is he (Rahul) scared of meeting his own party members? Several senior leaders have quit the party because of this very reason - his reluctance over addressing issues that exist within the organization," she said.

Singh, who had complained against "neglect" of women workers in ticket distribution for the municipal elections, alleged that the voice of party workers was "snubbed" and their grievances were not addressed.

She was removed from the party post within hours of making the announcement.

A defiant Singh said she will adopt legal options against her removal and said she would not quit the party, claiming herself to be a "loyal soldier" of the Congress.

"I will not quit the Congress and continue to wage my war within the party," she said, adding that "I will move the court against my illegal removal".

Delhi Congress' chief spokesperson Sharmishtha Mukherjee later said that Singh was settling her "personal grudges" and "hurting" party interests at a crucial time when MCD polls are round the corner.

"She is not a 'loyal soldier' but a back-stabber who is deliberately trying to harm the party at a crucial juncture," Mukherjee said.

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