Former Union environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan is likely to quit the Congress on Friday after spending almost four decades in the party alleging she was humiliated and dumped unceremoniously from the environment ministry for no fault of hers.
Ahead of a press conference in Chennai where she is expected to resign from the party formally, Natarajan in an explosive letter to the AICC president Sonia Gandhi has accused vice-president Rahul Gandhi of meddling in the environment ministry’s affairs.News channels reported she has already put in her papers.
Taking a bold step she speaks up against Rahul: “The next day my resignation was headlines in the media, and all the initial reports correctly reported that I had stepped down for party work. By the afternoon, to my shock, I received information that persons from the office of Shri Rahul Gandhi were calling the media and planting stories that my resignation was NOT for party work.My sources were impeccable, and I felt unease. Thereafter, the media was flooded with negative stories about
me. The same day, namely, the day after I resigned, Shri Rahul Gandhi addressed a FICCI meeting of industrialists, where he made uncomplimentary references to delays in environmental clearances.