Gourav Vallabh resigns, citing discomfort with party’s direction

| Updated: 04 April, 2024 2:09 pm IST
Ex Congress leader Gaurav Vallabh resigns from party

New Delhi: Congress spokesperson Gourav Vallabh has announced his resignation from the party, expressing discomfort with its current trajectory. In a statement posted on social media, Vallabh highlighted his unease with the party’s perceived lack of direction and ideological stance.

In a statement shared on X, Vallabh expressed his dissatisfaction with the party’s current trajectory, particularly its inability to raise what he referred to as “anti-Sanatan slogans” and its persistent criticism of the country’s wealth creators. “I do not feel comfortable with the directionless way in which the Congress party is moving forward today. I can neither raise anti-Sanatana slogans nor abuse the wealth creators of the country. Therefore, I resign from all posts and primary membership of the Congress party,” Vallabh wrote. He made his poll debut in 2019 from Jharkhand’s Jamshedpur East, where he bagged over 18,000 and ended up in third spot behind then-sitting chief minister Raghubar Das and Saryu Roy.

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Vallabh also shared a two-page resignation letter addressed to party president Mallikarjun Kharge, expressing his sentiments and reasons for stepping down. “I am feeling emotional. My heart is heavy. There’s a lot I wish to express, write, and share. However, my principles forbid me from uttering anything that might cause harm to others. Nevertheless, today, I am presenting my thoughts to you because I firmly believe that concealing the truth is also an offence, and I refuse to be involved in it,” he wrote in the letter.

Vallabh, who contested the Rajasthan assembly election from the Udaipur constituency in 2023, cited discrepancies in the party’s approach towards various issues, including the caste-based census and its stance on Hindu society. Vallabh lamented the party’s disconnect with the ground reality and its failure to understand the aspirations of the “New India.” “The party is neither coming into power nor able to play a strong role as an opposition. This disappoints a worker like me. Bridging the gap between senior leaders and grassroots workers is very difficult, which is essential politically,” he remarked.

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“These days the party is moving in the wrong direction. On one hand, we talk about the caste-based census and on the other hand, the party seems to oppose the entire Hindu society. This style of working gives a misleading message to the public that the party is a supporter of a particular religion only. This is against the basic principles of Congress,” he remarked.

Vallabh’s resignation comes amidst a series of political upheavals, including boxer Vijender Singh’s defection to the BJP, adding to the challenges faced by the Congress party ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. As the political landscape continues to evolve, Vallabh’s departure underscores the complexities within the Congress party.

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