The Congress today expelled Barkha Shukla Singh from the party for six years, a day after she attacked its vice president Rahul Gandhi and Delhi unit chief Ajay Maken and quit as local women’s wing chief.
The disciplinary committee of Congress’ Delhi unit removed her for indulging in “anti-party activities” days ahead of the municipal polls, where the party is hoping for a revival of fortunes after the 2015 assembly poll debacle.
Singh, who had yesterday vowed not to quit the party, hit out at Rahul, saying the decision “proved” his “mental bankruptcy” and added that she will take legal recourse against it.
“The Congress is not the Gandhi family’s property,” Singh said, claiming she had no plans to join the BJP or any other party at this point.
The four-member disciplinary committee comprised of former Delhi minister Narender Nath, former Mahila Congress chief Abha Chaudhary, and party leaders Mahmood Zia and Surender Kumar.
She earlier accused Gandhi of not meeting party leaders and said he was “reluctant” to address “issues” within the organisation. She also levelled allegations of “misbehaviour” against Maken.
Singh, who had complained against “neglect” of women workers in ticket distribution for the April 23 civic polls, alleged that the party workers were “snubbed” and their grievances were not addressed.
In her letter released to media, Singh had also slammed the Congress vice president, Rahul Gandhi, for allegedly ignoring party workers’ complaint against Maken.
“On the day of Navratra on March 28, I along with a number of other fasting women workers of the party, tried to meet Rahul Gandhi. But we were rudely told that he didn’t care about Navratra and asked us to go home. The same night, he was partying at Shangri La hotel,” she said at a press conference, flashing a purported video of Rahul inside the hotel,” Singh had said.