Congress leader Sushmita Dev quits party


Guwahati: Congress leader and the party’s women’s wing chief Sushmita Dev has quit the party and sent her resignation letter to party chief Sonia Gandhi, sources said on Monday. The change in her Twitter bio to “Former Member” of the party was the first clue this morning that she has quit.


The sources said that Dev may join the Trinamool Congress.

Sushmita Dev’s letter offered no reason for her quitting the Congress, her party of three decades, simply saying she was “beginning a new chapter of public service”. She headed the Congress’s women’s wing, the All India Mahila Congress. Reports said she also exited a party WhatsApp group.

Ms. Dev was among Congress leaders whose Twitter handle was locked over a post showing images of the parents of a nine-year-old girl who was allegedly raped and murdered in Delhi.

The images were posted by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, after he met with the parents, and many shared it.

As Rahul Gandhi’s account was blocked, several Congress leaders, including Ms Dev, changed their display picture to the Congress MP’s. The account was restored last week, after which the Congress posted “Satyameva Jayate”.