Mumbai, Hours after she resigned from Congress party spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi on Friday formally joined the Shiv Sena in the presence of party chief Uddhav Thackeray and youth wing president Aditya Thackeray here.
Welcoming her decision to join the Shiv Sena, Mr Thackeray said, “We welcome her in our party. The party will gain strength with her experience.”
Sources in the Congress said, “Rahul Gandhi has not accepted her resignation so far.”
Citing that there was ‘no respect for women’ in the grand-old party as reason for resigning from all posts, Ms Chaturvedi said, “I am extending my gratitude to the Shiv Sena chief for this opportunity. I belong to Mumbai and in future, I will continue working for the Mumbaikars.”
A couple of days ago she had hit out at the Congress for reinstating UP party workers who allegedly had misbehaved with her.
In a letter to party president Rahul Gandhi, Ms Chaturvedi tendered her resignation from all posts and the primary membership of the party.
‘In the last few weeks, certain things have convinced me that my services are no longer valued in the organisation and that I have reached the end of the road. At the same time, I feel that more time that I spend in the organisation will be at the cost of my own self respect and dignity.
‘What saddens me is that despite the safety, dignity, empowerment of women being promoted by the party and has been your call to action, the same is not reflected in the action of some of the members if the party. I would request you to accept my resignation and relieve me of all my roles and responsibilities from the party on immediate basis and oblige,’ she said in her letter to the Congress president on Thursday which was released to media on Friday.