Sunil Jakhar, the former head of the Congress’ Punjab unit, has left the party today. Mr Jakhar’s resignation comes at a time when the Congress leadership is meeting in Udaipur in a desperate attempt to furnish his home to take on the BJP.
During the Facebook live, Mr. Jakhar took potshots at the Congress leadership, wondering why people like Sachin Pilot, who had rebelled against the party, had been invited to the Shivir.
Sachin Pilot had rebelled against Prime Minister Ashok Gehlot’s leadership last year and demanded a top role for himself in the state government. Rejecting his demand, Congressional leadership had him fired from all party posts.
Mr. Jakhar turned to Mr. Gehlot and said: “Some people who went to Manesar camped there for a month to revolt against your government… If no message is sent to those people. Why is there no message sent to these people?”
Last month, the Congress Disciplinary Committee recommended that Mr Jakhar be banned from the party for two years and removed from all posts.
Mr Jakhar also wondered why he has been given a notice for the show while he is not holding a position in the party.
“I don’t hold any position (in the party); I have an ideology. I want to ask Sonia Gandhi who, as president of Congress, doesn’t know that I don’t have a position in the party? Then why a show cause is getting me on informed?” he asked.
On April 11, Congress leaders KV Thomas and Sunil Jakhar were issued a warning for violating party discipline and were asked to reply within a week. However, Mr Jakhar did not respond to the message.
In response to Mr Jakhar’s comments, former Uttarakhand Prime Minister Harish Rawat said the leader should have voiced his grievances to the party chairman.
“Congress has given Sunil Jakhar a lot. If there were party decisions that he did not agree with, he should have discussed it with the party chairman,” Rawat told DailyExpertNews.
Mr Rawat also said that the uprising in Rajasthan and the message to Sunil Jakhar cannot be compared because the circumstances were different.