In a big admission, Congress media-in-charge Randeep Surjewala on Friday accepted that the sensational resignation of Priyanka Chaturvedi was a reflection on his leadership.
Being asked on the matter as he addressed a Congress media briefing, Randeep Surjewala, the party's media chief said:
"Everybody, and I said it also when Tom (Vadakkan) left, whenever a member of the Congress leaves, it's a pain for us."
"People look for career progression," he continued after wishing her luck in her future endeavours, adding, "With regards to Priyanka Chaturvedi, I concede, yes, it's a reflection on my leadership."
Chaturvedi's resignation letter had been addressed to party president Rahul Gandhi as well as Surjewala and KC Venugopal.
On being asked about the specific events leading to her leaving, i.e. the complaint she had made about a recent incident of misbehaviour with her by party members in Mathura over which there was insufficient action by the party, Surjewala said:
"I would ask my media friends to ask him (Jyotiraditya Scindia - Congress UP West General Secretary) this question."
He continued, "Whenever a team member leaves, the leader of the team should be answerable, I agree with that."
"Any other questions may be addressed to General Secretary UP West Jyotiraditya Scindia."
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.
On Friday, she tweeted her resignation letter:
Shortly afterwards, she joined the Shiv Sena, being inducted into the party at its Matoshree headquarters by Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.