This is a big shocking new for Congress party as senior leader and spokesman Binod Sharma resigned on Saturday (9 March 2019), contending that the party should not have demanded evidence of Balakot air strike.
In a letter addressed to Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Sharma said the party high command has hurt the sentiments of ground-level workers and the common people by raising questions over the “pre-emptive” strike on the terror camps in Balakot, days after the Pulwama attack on a CRPF convoy.
Ahead of 2019 General elections, #Bihar #Congress General Secretary Binod Sharma has resigned citing his disappointment over the party’s demand for proof of IAF air strikes in Pakistan.#IAFStrikes #TV9News pic.twitter.com/sMTE9s1DL5
— Tv9 Gujarati (@tv9gujarati) March 10, 2019
Nation above Party, says congressman from Bihar Dr. Binod Sharma.
Says, Party looks like an agent of Pakistan, can’t stay with the party anymore. Read what he wrote to Rahul Gandhi. pic.twitter.com/nvVFj6eUj7
— Aaj Ki Taza Khabar (youtube channel) (@AKTKadmin) March 9, 2019
The senior leader also said that he wrote to Gandhi several times in the last one month, apprising him of the sensibilities of the party workers in the state, but his requests were not entertained.
Terming the repeated demands for proof of air strike as “shameful and childish”, he said, “I am resigning from the Congress with a heavy heart after serving it for 30 years. The party high command has hurt sentiments by breaking the Army’s morale while boosting the spirits of terrorists.”
Sharma alleged that some Congress leaders have “strayed from the path shown by party’s stalwarts Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi”.
“Today, we (Congress members) are seen as Pakistani agents. I feel ashamed of being called a Congressman. Since the nation is above party, I am resigning from Congress,” he stated in his letter.
The senior leader also said that many party workers, who are disappointed with the high command’s stance over the airstrike, may follow in his footsteps.
Without taking names, Sharma said he would join a party that puts the nation ahead of “petty politics”.
A former general secretary of Bihar Congress, Sharma had unsuccessfully fought the Paliganj assembly by-poll on a Congress ticket in 1996.
He also served as the president of National Students Union of India’s Bihar unit from 1996 to 2000.
On February 14, a convoy of vehicles carrying CRPF personnel was attacked by a suicide bomber in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, resulting in the death of 44 jawans.
Twelve days later, Indian Air Force jets crossed the Line of Control in Kashmir and pounded Jaish-e-Mohammed training camps in Pakistan.
Thereafter, senior party leader Digvijaya Singh had said the government should release the evidences of air strikes as the US did after killing Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in 2011.
“I was ashamed to be a Congress member. Thus, I resigned from the party,” Sharma said.
“The Congress has demoralized defense forces by demanding evidence of the air strike,” he said.
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