Barkha Shukla joins BJP after expulsion from Congress
New Delhi: Former Congress leader Barkha Shukla Singh on Saturday joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in presence of party national vice president and Delhi in-charge Shyam Jaju.
Barkha was expelled from Congress just ahead of the MCD elections for undertaking anti-party activities.
At the time of joining the party, Barkha, who had earlier claimed that she will not join any party, stated that she was forced to join BJP after expulsion from Congress.
"I had penned a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Triple Talaq issue, but my former party threatened to expel me if I refused to abide by its order to leave the issue. Congress has shown its real face. There is nepotism in the party. I am deeply upset and disappointed that I was a member of that party," she said.
The former chief of Delhi Commission for Women on Thursday resigned as the head of the women's wing of Congress' Delhi unit, but did not quit the party. Subsequently, Congress sacked her for six years.
At the time of resigning, Barkha Shukla had termed Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi as 'mentally unfit' to lead the party.
"Senior-most leaders of the party, I would not like to name anybody, are also of the view that Rahul Gandhi is mentally unfit to lead the party, but they do not say it openly because of the reasons that are unknown to me," she said in a media briefing.
She had also alleged that Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken had misbehaved with her and several other office bearers of the Mahila Congress. But our complaint to Rahul Gandhi fell on deaf ears, she claimed.
"Under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi and Ajay Maken, Congress party has just used the issues of women empowerment and women safety as a tool to gain votes, but in reality, the issue means nothing to them," she stated before resigning.
Recently, senior Congress leader and former Delhi minister Arvinder Singh Lovely had shifted loyalties to BJP, expressing dissatisfaction with the Congress leadership, including Rahul Gandhi and the way the party is being run.