Patna: The Bihar Congress on Saturday suffered a major jolt after a senior leader and spokesman Binod Sharma called it quits while condemning the party for demanding the Centre to provide an evidence of the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) ‘pre-emptive’ air strike on Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camps in Balakot, Pakistan on February 26. The development comes a few days ahead of upcoming Lok Sabha Elections 2019.

Sharma, in a letter addressed to Congress president Rahul Gandhi, said that the party high command has hurt the sentiments of the ground-level workers and the common people by raising questions over the Balakot strike, which was conducted in retaliation to the Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir.

Notably, top party leaders like Rahul Gandhi and Digvijaya Singh have now and then asked the Centre to provide an evidence of the IAF strike on JeM terror camps.

He also claimed that in last one month, he had written to Gandhi several times to apprise him of the sensibilities of the party workers in the state. However, his requests went unheard.

Tendering his resignation, he said, “I am resigning from the Congress with a heavy heart after serving it for 30 years. The party high command has hurt sentiments by breaking the Army’s morale while boosting the spirits of terrorists.” He also termed the repeated demands for proof of air strike as ‘shameful and childish’.

Alleging that some Congress leaders have ‘strayed from the path shown by party’s stalwarts Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi’, he said, “Today, we (Congress members) are seen as Pakistani agents. I feel ashamed of being called a Congressman. Since the nation is above party, I am resigning from Congress.”

He also claimed that many party workers are disappointed with the high command’s stance over the Balakor airstrike and may follow in his footsteps.

Sharma did not make any revelation as to which party he will be joining. However, the leader said that he would join a party that puts the nation ahead of ‘petty politics’.

Binod Sharma is the former general secretary of Bihar Congress. He had unsuccessfully fought the Paliganj assembly by-poll on a Congress ticket in 1996. From 1996 to 2000, he served as the president of National Students Union of India’s Bihar unit.

Jammu and Kashmir on February 14 witnessed the worst terrorist attack in a decade. Forty Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans were killed in a Pulwama terror attack as an explosive-laden truck rammed into a bus in their convoy.

In retaliation, the IAF crossed the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir twelve days later and pounded JeM training camps in Pakistan, killing over 300 terrorists.