Former Congress leader from Gujarat Alpesh Thakor on Friday spoke about the Priyanka Chaturvedi's exit from the party. He said that the party should not have reinstated those who had misbehaved with her and should have given a message through the incident.
"They should have dismissed them. The mistreatment she suffered, given it happened to a woman, they should not have reinstated them. They should have given out a strong message through this incident," he said.
In a massive setback to the Congress and Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat, Alpesh Thakor, who joined the party before the 2017 Assembly elections and won his assembly election contest has quit, a day before the Lok Sabha elections began.
Apart from Thakor and Chaturvedi, senior leader Tom Vaddakan also quit the party. Thakor also spoke about why the party has lost so many leaders in such a short span of time ahead and during the crucial Lok Sabha elections.
"It's an issue of respect. The mass or popular leaders want only one one thing - people's respect. I don't know what happened with Priyanka ji, but when someone enters politics, they seek respect," he said.
Priyanka Chaturvedi had taken on her party just a few days earlier over inaction on her complaint, saying that the Congress was giving preference to lumpen goons rather than those who had given years of sweat and blood to it.
In a letter dated April 18 to Congress president Rahul Gandhi, she tendered her resignation from the party.
"What saddens me is the despite the safety, dignity, empowerment of women being promoted by the party and has been your call to action the same is not reflected in the action of some of the members of the party. A serious incident and misbehaviour against me by certain party members, while I was on official duty for the party, has been ignored under the guise of all hands needed for elections," she wrote in her resignation.