In her first interview since leaving the Congress party and joining the Shiv Sena, Priyanka Chaturvedi has hit out over the events that led to her sensational resignation and her reasons for taking up with the Shiv Sena.
"I want to make it very clear that I am leaving a national party for a regional party, and I am joining with the expectation that my aspirations for Mumbai and Maharashtra in relation to the development of women and the youth can be worked towards," Chaturvedi said.
Harkening back to the reasons because of which she joined politics and the Congress in the first place, she added, "When the 2008 terror attack had happened I had left my job with a particular outlook and feeling, and I believe that somewhere along the way I lost that. I felt that the time has come - and by joining a party that has seen it, has been there among the people - by working with them I will be able to work towards fulfilling people's expectations and aspirations.
When asked about whether she would return to the Congress if a commensurate apology was made over the party's insufficient action on her complaint that she had been misbehaved with by party workers in Mathura recently, Chaturvedi said that the time for that had passed.
"The time for that has passed. If you look at it, it's not that I put it (her complaint) on Twitter directly. Maybe because of the elections they weren't able to look into it correctly, but somewhere I felt that when a woman comes to you with the expectation of self-respect, there should be an investigation."
She concluded, "When I had joined a decade earlier, someone had advised me that only those who have a family background in politics or are wealthy or have connections can do something, and I had hoped to be able to change that.
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.