LucknowUNI: Rebel Congress MLA from Rae Bareli Aditi Singh said that it’s about time the party did some introspection as to why senior and committed leaders are leaving the party.
She was reacting to the departure of senior party leader Jitin Prasada, who joined the BJP on Wednesday.
“One by one all young and dynamic leaders are leaving the party. The leadership should introspect on the issue. I am sure Jitin Prasada has taken a decision after much thinking. He has been a Union Minister at a young age and he is a dynamic leader. Congress’s loss is BJPs gain," Singh told reporters here on Thursday.
Congress has moved a petition to disqualify Aditi from the assembly citing anti-party activity. However, Assembly Speaker Hriday Narayan Dikshit had quashed the party’s plea against its rebel lawmaker Aditi Singh
Singh had earlier expressed her support to the BJP-led central government’s move to abrogate provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution that abrogated Jammu and Kashmir’s special status.
The UP Congress had written to the Speaker seeking disqualification of Raebareli legislator Singh for defying the party whip and attending a special Assembly session organised by the Adityanath government last year to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
Singh was absent from the party's training session in Raebareli last October and was served a show cause notice by the then CLP leader Ajay Kumar Lallu.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Rashid Alvi too has urged the senior Congress leaders to connect with cadres from the grassroots level.
“Congress should introspect and seek accountability; they should talk to people at the grassroots. When someone is weak, people often leave them,” he said.
In a setback for the Congress ahead of the 2022 assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, Jitin Prasada, who had been disillusioned with the grand-old party, switched over to the BJP.
Prasada, who was also part of the G-23 group in Congress that had written a letter registering its dissent with the party leadership, joined the saffron party in the presence of BJP chief JP Nadda after meeting Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal.