Congress is not the party it used to be: Former Justice Minister Ashwani Kumar after his resignation

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Former Justice Minister Ashwani Kumar resigned from Congress on Tuesday. He said the party wasn’t what it used to be.

Former Justice Minister Ashwani Kumar. (Photo: NNA)

Former Justice Minister Ashwani Kumar, who resigned from Congress on Tuesday, said the party was no longer what it used to be. Calling it a “painful decision”, Ashwani Kumar said he would consider his options in due course.

“I expected the Party to mend its ways, but it didn’t happen,” said Ashwani Kumar.

The resignation of the Punjab Congress leader comes just before the National Assembly elections.

In a letter to Sonia Gandhi, Ashwani Kumar said, “Under present circumstances and in accordance with my dignity, I can better serve wider national causes outside the Party fold.”

Shortly after his resignation, Ashwani Kumar said he had neither left politics nor the public service.

“Congress is no longer the party it used to be…We don’t have a transformative, inspirational leadership to lead the party…I have not left politics or public service, I will continue to m ‘fulfill my obligations to the nation,’ Ashwani Kumar was quoted as saying by the ANI news agency.

He added: “It was a painful decision. I thought long and hard and realized that the internal processes of Congress were in place today, I could no longer continue in accordance with my dignity and self-esteem. I thought my shoulders weren’t strong enough to bear the weight of indifference.

Ashwani Kumar joined Congress in 1976. He became a member of Rajya Sabha in 2002. He served as a minister in both UPA-1 and UPA-II.

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