His announcement came as the Congress’ brainstorming mega conclave – ‘Chintan Shivir’ – entered day two in Rajasthan
Former Congress leader Sunil Kumar Jakhar. File News18
Congress leader and former head of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), Sunil Jakhar quit the party via a Facebook live stream on Saturday.
“…Good luck and goodbye Congress…” Jakhar said, announcing his decision.
His announcement came as the party’s mega brainstorming conclave – ‘Chintan Shivir’ – entered day two in Rajasthan. He was upset with the party because of actions against his alleged anti-party activities.
On the advice of the disciplinary committee, Jakhar had declared that he was not a slave of the Congress party but a disciplined worker. Stating that he has a 50-year relationship with the Congress Party, Jakhar said, “For years I acted as a disciplined Congress Party worker.”
Congress leaders “sitting in Delhi have ruined the party in Punjab,” the 68-year-old leader said, and blamed Ambika Soni’s statement on the “repercussions of having a Hindu chief minister in Punjab” for ” the disastrous representation” of the party in the February-March state polls.
An attempt was also made “to portray Congress as a poor BSP in the state,” the veteran said. “Don’t stray from your ideology,” he told Congresswoman Sonia Gandhi in an outburst of emotion.
Other leaders he targeted during his “Dil Ki Baat” Facebook live message included Harish Chaudhary, former state official Harish Rawat and Tariq Anwar.
Praising Rahul Gandhi, Jakhar called him a “good person”, and urged the 51-year-old to take the reins of the party into his own hands and “distance himself from the chaploos log (sycophants)”. “Good luck and goodbye Congress,” he concluded.
The Congress Disciplinary Committee had previously removed Jakhar and KV Thomas from all party posts for going against “party lines”.
According to sources, Congresswoman Sonia Gandhi was “soft” on Jakhar and did not suspend him from the party despite the committee’s recommendation.
On April 11, Congress leaders KV Thomas and Sunil Jakhar received show cause notices for violating party discipline and were asked to respond within a week. Sunil Jakhar, however, has yet to make any statement to the committee.
Notably, Jakhar did not respond to the opinion issued by the Congressional Disciplinary Committee on April 11.
With contributions from agencies
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