Congress expels Barkha Singh for ‘anti-party activities’
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New Delhi: The Congress on Friday expelled Barkha Singh, the president of Delhi Mahila Congress, from the party for six years, a day after she attacked vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Delhi unit chief Ajay Maken and quit as local women’s wing chief.
The disciplinary committee of Congress’s 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 on Thursday vowed not to quit the party, hit out at Rahul Gandhi, 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 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) or any other party at this point. The four-member disciplinary committee comprised 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 23 April civic polls, alleged that party workers were “snubbed” and their grievances were not addressed.