Senior Congress leader and former environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan on Friday announced her resignation from the party, calling its atmosphere ‘suffocating’.
“I announce my resignation. I have not yet sent the letter,” Natarajan told reporters, adding that she was anguished. Terming the decision as ‘an extremely painful moment’, Jayanthi also stated that there is no democracy in Congress.
The politician from Tamil Nadu accused Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s office of planting stories to sully her reputation after her resignation as Environment Minister in UPA-II.
“I feel that the time has come now for me to rethink my association because what happened in the recent past. The Congress is no longer the Congress that I joined,” said Natarajan, who was with the party for over 30 years.
She announced her decision to resign from the primary membership of Congress on Friday after a scathing letter she wrote to Congress party president Sonia Gandhi in November last was made public by a national daily.
She also said that she has no plans to join any other political party after ‘such bitter experiences in Congress’.
She said that as the union environment minister she followed the party line with regard to protection of environment and also to ‘requests’ from Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s office.
Natarajan was asked to put in her papers Dec 20, 2013 by then prime minister Manmohan Singh.