The state Congress' decision to reprimand leaders voicing their displeasure for failing to secure tickets in the civic polls has backfired with office-bearers of a frontal organisation criticising the state leadership Saturday.
The trouble began when the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) announced that it would no longer tolerate resignation threats by leaders, saying that the rebels would be considered out of their posts even if their formal resignations have not reached the PCC.
The PCC had toughened stand after the state Congress' minority department head Mohammad Salim said that he had resigned from his post as not a single ticket was given on his recommendation.
Similarly, National Students Union of India (NSUI) chief Vipin Wankhede too had expressed unhappiness over the denial of ticket to NSUI office-bearers. Wankhede had submitted his resignation to NSUI national president Roji M John.
But Congress chief spokesperson KK Mishra's statement that PCC would consider 'the resignation made before media' as formal resignations, have upset the NSUI leaders. The situation took such a turn that NSUI's district chiefs began handing over their resignations by evening.
As many as 15 district chiefs of NSUI apart from three national delegates, a national secretary and many other office-bearers sent resignation to NSUI state-in-charge Nikhil Dwivedi by late Saturday evening.
"The decision to accept NSUI office-bearers' resignation rests only with the NSUI, as per the party's constitution and PCC can't take a decision over it. I have got all these resignations but none of them has been accepted," said Dwivedi.
"The statement is indecent and in fact they can't accept resignation or expel anyone," he said adding, "Such statements hurt the NSUI workers who are always in the front and take to streets during agitations… It is natural to feel upset and it is only NSUI that can take a decision over accepting resignations or not. Either I will take decision or the national president of NSUI, no one else has this right as per our constitution."
State Congress chief spokesperson Mishra said that the party has taken a firm stand as far as discipline is concerned. "The announcements of resignations are made but they did not reach us," he said. "There will be no compromise regarding pressure tactics."
He further said that the decision was not with regard to any particular leader but an overall decision, which has been taken with the consent of the state party chief Arun Yadav.