Priyanka Chaturvedi: Congress prefers goons to sincere workers

The Congress, at the behest of Jyotiraditya Scindia, lifted the suspension of leaders who had vandalised the press conference of Chaturvedi

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Highlights: Congress leaders had created a ruckus at the press conference addressed by spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi

8 party leaders from Mathura had been suspended on Chaturvedi’s recommendation

The suspended leaders have been reinstated

New Delhi: The disciplinary committee of the Congress has reinstated eight politicians who created a ruckus at a press conference of the party that spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi had addressed.

Chaturvedi expressed her anguish over this. She tweeted, “Deeply saddened that lumpen goons (sic) get prefence (sic) in over those who have given their sweat & blood (sic). Having faced brickbats and abuse across (the) board for the party but yet those who threatened me within the party getting away with not even a rap on their knuckles is unfortunate.”

Chaturvedi had addressed the press on Rafale Deal in Mathura. After the ruckus, the workers were suspended.

But on 15 April, the suspension was withdrawn on the recommendation of Jyotiraditya Scindia, the Congress leader in charge of Uttar Pradesh.

Chaturvedi is a national spokesperson of the Indian National Congress. She has been a columnist for Tehelka, Daily News and Analysis and Firstpost. As a trustee of two NGOs, she works to promote children’s education, women’s empowerment and health. She also runs a book review blog which is amongst the top ten weblogs on books in India, informs the article on her in Wikipedia.

Chaturvedi has a significant presence in social media and is known for defending the policies of the ruling Congress on Twitter. Because of this, in May 2013 Chaturvedi was elected as spokesperson of the party.

As a spokesperson of the Congress, Chaturvedi often takes part in political debates on television news channels. She is a member of the Congress’s communication department headed by Randeep Singh Surjewala. She takes part in political debates on social media, too.

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