The Congress was left red-faced Wednesday after its spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi lashed out at the party in public and accused it of giving preference to “lumpen goons” over those who had given their “sweat and blood” to the Congress.
The UP Congress said the eight, including a state general secretary and a former Assembly candidate, were reinstated “on the recommendation of Congress general secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia” after they expressed regret and promised not to repeat the act in the future.
“Deeply saddened that lumpen goons get preference in @incindia over those who have given their sweat and blood. Having faced brickbats and abuse across board for the party but yet those who threatened me within the party getting away with not even a rap on their knuckles is unfortunate,” she tweeted on Wednesday.
A few days ago, local Congress leaders had allegedly misbehaved with Priyanka Chaturvedi while she was attending a press conference at Mathura. The Congress had initially removed them but recently, because of the elections and the need for local support, they were reportedly taken back.
The spokesperson retweeted a journalist who commented on an Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee letter declaring that the workers were being taken back with senior leader Jyotiraditya Scindia’s go-ahead. Jyotiraditya Scindia is the Congress general secretary in charge of UP, along with Priyanka Gandhi.
“It is expected that you don’t do anything to tarnish the party’s image,” said the letter signed by Fazle Masood of the disciplinary committee of the UP Congress.
All the eight leaders are known faces of the Congress in Mathura and most are office bearers as well. The eight leaders are Ashok Singh Chakleshwar, working president, district Congress committee also member AICC; Umesh Pandit, general secretary, UP; Pratap Singh, a former candidate of the Chata Assembly in Mathura; Abdulla Jabbar, party vice president, Mathura.
The list also includes leader Giridhari Lal Pathak, Bhuri Singh Jayas, who is former district president of the Sewa Dal, Praveen Thakur, district president of the Mathura NSUI and Yatendra Mukdam, district Youth Congress president
Chaturvedi has been trending on social media for her “Kyunki Mantri Bhi Kabhi Graduate Thi” jibe at Union minister Smriti Irani, who is contesting from Amethi in Uttar Pradesh against Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
The Lok Sabha election is being conducted in seven phases. Voting for the seventh place will take place on May 19.
Results of the 2019 Lok Sabha election will be declared on May 23.
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