Sheila disappointed with Delhi Congress chief's style of working

Delhi Mahila Congress president Barkha Singh addressing a press conference in New Delhi on Thursday. PTI

In her resignation letter, she alleged that the party is suffering under the ineffective leadership of vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who is "mentally unfit" to be at the helm of things. "Why is he scared of meeting party workers who ask him questions", she said. Terming the party hypocrite, she said while the party expected women Congress workers to protest against BJP's Vinay Katiyar for making absurd remarks about Priyanka Gandhi, "we were told by Alankar Sawai in his office that we should take up the matter (of misbehaviour) with Maken himself". It is because of this attitude of Rahul Gandhi and Ajay Maken that as many as 5 District Presidents and 75 Block Presidents resigned from the organisation.

"The party will go down to a new low under his leadership", she said, adding that "in front of the camera, they call for his anointing, but behind the camera they abuse him".

The former chief of the Delhi Commission for Women also accused Maken of "misbehaving" with her and other office bearers of the Delhi Women's Congress.

The one pertinent question we need to ask today is that why is Rahul Gandhi in hiding?

Several senior leaders had quit the party because of that very reason, she said. He was sharply critical of Ajay Maken, who has a wave of rebellion on his hands just before crucial civic elections on Sunday, in which the Congress hopes to resurrect itself in Delhi after multiple washouts.

Of late, former Congress leader Arvinder Singh Lovely joined the BJP and had lashed out at the leadership of his former party, which he said has "died " under them. "The Delhi Congress Chief is not able to reach out to leaders as needed". She claimed this view is endorsed by many senior leaders within the grand old party. The Congress' vote share plummeted to 9.65 per cent and it failed to win a single seat in the Capital where it had been in power for three successive terms under Shiela Dikshit's stewardship.

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