Mahila Congress national president Shobha Oza on Monday trained guns at party vice-president Manak Agarwal, adding fuel to the growing factionalism in the party.
Agarwal had recently quit the party post but his resignation was not accepted. Oza, who was in the state capital, termed the development as ‘unfortunate’, saying that this was not the first time when Agarwal had offered to resign from the party. “Before every election, he does similar drama,” she said.
Elaborating her statement, the Congress leader said, “He (Agarwal) puts in papers, but the resignation doesn’t reach the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) chief. Instead, it reaches the media,” she said.
The statement came at a time when Agarwal’s resignation issue had almost ended, showing the deep factionalism within the party, especially at the juncture when civic bodies’ polls are round the corner.
Agarwal had resigned from the post to protest denial of tickets to certain candidates in Hoshangabad-Itarsi. However, the party high command had rejected the resignation and had asked him to continue working for the party. He had also resumed coming to the PCC office.
When contacted, Agarwal refused to comment on Oza’s statement. “I don’t want to say anything over her statement,” he told HT.
‘Law and order has collapsed in MP’
Oza said the state tops in crimes against women and there is a ‘goonda raj’ (lawlessness) here.
“The criminals aren’t arrested in the state,” she said, in reference to the recent incident in which a woman was thrown off running train near Bina. Oza had gone to the hospital to inquire about her health. Talking to media persons, she said women aren’t safe in Madhya Pradesh, and incidents of crime against women, have become a regular feature.