Mumbai: Priyanka Chaturvedi, the Congress leader who quit the party earlier in the day, joined Shiv Sena on Friday.

After meeting Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, she said, “I know I will be held accountable for my past statements and my views and that how I came to this conclusion but I would like to say that this decision of joining Shiv Sena I have taken after a lot of thought.”

Explaining why she left Congress, she said, “Congress has let me down. I was insulted by Congress leaders.”

She added, “I spent a good ten years of life in politics, but respect of women remains my top agenda. I was disturbed after goons were reinstated in the party. I felt let down … This meant that as a party member, I did not matter to them.”

On being back in Mumbai, she said, “I wanted to reconnect with my roots. Mumbai is my janmabhoomi and my karmabhoomi…I worked for Congress without any selfish motive but I couldn’t compromise on my self-respect and dignity.”

As to her choice of party, Chaturvedi said, “Shiv Sena is the best organisation to serve Mumbai.”

Earlier, Senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut had said that she will join his party. Chaturvedi was upset with the Congress after the suspension of some party workers who had misbehaved with her was revoked. Reports also said she was miffed after she was passed over while a party ticket was allotted to actor Urmila Matondkar for the Mumbai North Lok Sabha constituency.

Her resignation from the grand old party has caused it quite an embarrassment in the middle of Lok Sabha elections.

Senior NC leader Omar Abdullah tweeted, “It’s a pity she won’t be seen defending the Congress on our TV screens any longer. She was an asset to the party and a fearless advocate for the party and its leadership.

He went on to add how it was unfortunate for the party to lose someone like her because she felt Congress didn’t stand up for her.