The national spokesperson and a well known face of Congress, Priyanaka Chaturvedi on Friday quit the grand old party after having spent 10 years with them, and joined the Shiv Sena party in presence of party chief Uddhav Thackeray.
Citing her resentment over reinstating of some members in the Congress party who had allegedly misbehaved with her, Chaturvedi while resigning, said that “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 party members.”
In September, local Congress leaders had allegedly misbehaved with Priyanka Chaturvedi while she was attending a press conference in Mathura. The Congress had initially removed them but recently, they were reportedly taken back. Priyanka had openly protested against their return to the party again.
Right after quitting the party, Chaturvedi joined the Shiv Sena party and said, “I wanted to return to my roots. I felt like I had forgotten my roots”.
Priyanka Chaturvedi political career
Priyanka, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, was raised in Mumbai and began her career in the financial capital as the director of a media and PR company.
She joined the Indian Youth Congress in 2010 and soon became the general secretary of the youth wing from North-West Mumbai in 2012. Due to her intense social media presence, Chaturvedi was made the AICC spokesperson in May 2013.
Since then she presented party’s affairs from social media to mainstream media. As a spokesperson for the party, Chaturvedi has been extremely candid not only on Twitter but also while participating in political debates on television news channels.
In 2015, as a member of a delegation of young political leaders chosen by the UK High Commission and Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK, she visited London to study and understand their democracy. She also participated in “Asian Forum on Global Governance” programme jointly organised by Observer Research Foundation and Zeit Stiftung in the same year.
In 2016, Priyanka was chosen as one of the 10 emerging women leaders of India.
In addition, Chaturvedi has been a former columnist with Tehelka, Daily News Analysis (DNA) and Firstpost. She is also a trustee of two NGOs promoting children’s education, women empowerment and health. She also runs a book review blog which is amongst the top ten weblogs on books in India.