Ex-PPCC chief Sunil Jakhar quits Congress, warns Rahul Gandhi to stay away from sycophants
Former Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar Saturday announced his decision to quit the party. The senior party leader made the announcement in a 35-minute-long Facebook Live. Congress had recently removed him from all party positions for his involvement in anti-party activities.While announcing his exit from the party, Jakhar said that Rahul Gandhi is ‘a good person’. He called on him to retake control and warned him to distance himself from sycophants. He said that Congress was facing an existential crisis. “Good luck and goodbye,” said Jakhar as he wound up his outburst.
On his Facebook Live post, Jakhar ripped into “Congress leaders’ sitting in Delhi for ruining the party in Punjab”.
The former MP castigated Sonia Gandhi for issuing a show-cause notice despite him not holding any position in the party. “I don’t hold any post (in the party). I have an ideology. I want to ask Sonia Gandhi that being Congress president, doesn’t she know that I hold no position in the party? Then why a show-cause notice is being given to me?”
The announcement by Jakhar comes at a time when the Congress party is holding the ‘Chintan Shivir’ in Udaipur, a last ditched attempt to relaunch itself ahead of the crucial 2024 general elections.
The “chintan shivir,” according to the former Gurdaspur MP, was merely a formality and should have been called “chinta shivir,” or a gathering to express concerns. “But the worry was nowhere to be seen,” he said in the video message. “If there had really been a sense of worry, there would have been a committee on the party’s poor show in Uttar Pradesh,” said Jakhar.
He added that Congress’ 390 candidates received less than 2,000 votes in the poll. He claimed that this indicated the party’s top leadership’s poor status.
It may be recalled that in Uttar Pradesh, the Congress won only two of the 403 Assembly seats. Although she did not run for office, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra played a crucial role in the party’s campaign.