Leaders are leaving the Congress at such a pace that even the party is struggling to keep up.
Madhya Pradesh Congress yesterday concluded elections for its Youth Congress posts. Among its elected members was Harshit Singhai, who’d won a hard-fought election after securing 12 votes. But there was a bit of a problem — Harshit Singhai had left the Congress in March this year and joined the BJP.
Harshit Singhai told reporters that he was stunned when he started receiving congratulatory messages over his appointment. Singhai says he’d left the party along with Jyotiraditya Scindia in March this year, and had informed the Congress party of his decision. Yet not only was he included on the rolls of the Congress’ elections held 9 months later, but also, incredibly, managed to secure enough votes to win.
“The most laughable is the fact that no one was interested in the polls and I was elected general secretary. I left the Congress on March 10 with Scindia-ji. I filled in my nomination for the Youth Congress polls three years ago,” Harshit Singhai told reporters.
Singhai explained that after nominations were submitted, the polls kept getting delayed. They were first stalled because of the Madhya Pradesh election in 2018, and later because of the national election.
“When I joined the BJP with Scindia-ji, I requested the party that my name be dropped from the Youth Congress polls but nothing was done. When I called again, they asked me to send a mail explaining the circumstances in which I left the party. I had written to Kamal Nath (former Chief Minister) and Rahul Gandhi. This is what the Youth Congress has done across Madhya Pradesh. Those who are not in the party anymore are being elected,” he said.
Congress has set up a “disciplinary committee” to investigate who was responsible for the election and take action.