New Delhi: Shiv Sena on Saturday appointed Priyanka Chaturvedi as the ‘upneta of the party’- a week after she resigned as one of the spokesperson of the Congress party.
In an election season jolt to the Congress, its spokesperson Priyanka V. Chaturvedi formally joined the Shiv Sena in the presence of party chief Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai on April 19.
Thackeray welcomed her at a hurriedly convened media conference and said he was “happy that she had decided to join the Shiv Sena”.
His son Aditya Thackeray presented her a bouquet and tied her a thread symbolizing ‘Shiv Bandhan’ with several senior party leaders in attendance.
Soon afterward, Chaturvedi, 39, launched a scathing attack on the Congress, accusing it of not supporting her in the episode of unruly behaviour by some Congress activists.
“I have served the party (Congress) for 10 years in a selfless manner without asking for anything in return. But the party chose to ignore my complaints though the matter was taken up at the topmost level,” Chaturvedi had said, addressing the media in Hindi.
Chaturvedi also expressed her “pain” to the Congress leadership about the reinstatement of colleagues who misbehaved with her.
Though Chaturvedi admitted she was a bit disappointed at being overlooked for the Mathura Lok Sabha seat candidature, she insisted that the primary reason for quitting the Congress was the inaction against some activists who had misbehaved with her in the past.
Among her immediate priorities, she had listed championing the cause of empowering women in politics and other fields besides helping “strengthen and build up Shiv Sena at the national level”.
Mumbai-born and educated Chaturvedi described the city as “my ‘janmabhoomi‘ and ‘karmabhoomi‘, and the 53-year-old Shiv Sena as the ‘roar’ of Mumbai, Maharashtra and rest of the country”.
With IANS inputs