Former Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi on Friday officially joined the Shiv Sena. She announced this at a press conference held at Matoshree in Mumbai with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.
Before announcing her entry into the Maharashtra-based party, she stated that she wanted to connect to her roots.
“During my political career, I had gone astray and had forgotten what I wanted to do. I want to address the issues related to women, the youth of the country and their aspirations,” she replied.
She told that she knew there would be a lot of questions regarding her leaving the Congress after 10 years in the party and joining the Shiv Sena, she said that it was a well thought out decision.
“I used to be trolled on social media for what I used to tweet. I took Mumbai’s bindaas culture and let the people troll me,” she told.
“I know I will be held accountable for my past statements and my views and that how I came to this conclusion but I would like to say that I have taken this decision to join the Shiv Sena after a lot of thought,” she told, saying that it was the perfect platform for her to raise issues about women.
“If I don’t talk about my self-respect or women’s self-respect, how will I enable women to join politics,” she told.
Referring to last year’s incident in Mathura where some Congress leaders had “misbehaved” with her at a press conference, she announced, “I felt let down when those people were reinstated after being suspended.”
As far as her work with the Shiv Sena is concerned, she said that anyone who arrives in Mumbai or Maharashtra is automatically connected with the party and that she would work hard to disseminate the message of her new party and would go anywhere in the country if needed.
“I know what is my responsibility and towards which issues. I will go wherever I can strengthen the party, not just in Mumbai but in the entire country. I will disseminate the party’s issues across the country,” she stated.
“I come with no acrimony, no misgivings, just my aspirations and what I espouse, I need to take it to the next level,” she stated.
Answering a question as to whether she had resigned from the Congress because she hadn’t been given a ticket from her home town Mathura, she clarified that she had not asked for a ticket from there.
Early on Friday, Priyanka exited the Congress’s WhatsApp groups with a simple “thank you” message.