Former MP Sushmita Dev quits Congress

Sushmita Dev quits Congress

Former Congress MP Sushmita Dev, who was the president of the Mahila Congress, has resigned from the party.

She submitted her resignation letter to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Sunday, announcing her resignation from the primary membership of the Congress.

Sushmita Dev thanked Sonia personally for her “guidance and opportunities” and said she hoped to have Sonia’s good wishes as she began a “new chapter” in her life of public service. Dev had changed her Twitter bio to say “Former Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha. Former Member, Indian National Congress. Former President, All India Mahila Congress”.

Sushmita Dev had represented Silchar in Assam in the Lok Sabha from 2014 to 2019. She is the daughter of Santosh Mohan Dev, a Congress leader who served as a minister in the Rajiv Gandhi and Manmohan Singh governments.

During the campaign for the recent Assembly polls in Assam, which the BJP won, there were reports Sushmita Dev was upset with the seat-sharing arrangement with the AIUDF. In March, the Congress denied reports Sushmita Dev had quit the party.

Her supporters had demonstrated against Congress leaders who favoured allocating more seats to the AIUDF in the Barak valley.

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