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Our battle not for cowards: Cong on RPN’s exit

New Delhi, January 25

Soon after RPN Singh joined the BJP, the Congress said the ideological battle it was fighting was “not meant for cowards”. Party spokesperson Supriya Shrinate made it a point to downplay his exit, saying she still did not know which party Singh was joining. Later, quoting AICC general secretary UP Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Shrinate said the Congress’ fight was against government’s resources and agencies and only the brave could sustain it.

Party’s revival a challenge

RPN Singh, 57, AICC in-charge for Jharkhand, CWC member and UP Congress star campaigner (declared on Monday), follows in the footsteps of Jyotiraditya Scindia, Jitin Prasada, Sushmita Dev, Priyanka Chaturvedi and Lalitesh Tripathi, who quit the Congress for other parties. His exit ahead of the UP polls reinforces the perception that Congress’ revival in the state was a mighty challenge.

“It is a battle of ideology and truth. To fight a battle as strongly pitched as this one, you have to fight with courage. You have to fight with a lot of dedication. I don’t think this battle is meant for cowards. Priyanka has already said that leaders need to be on their toes, full of courage. You cannot be a coward and fight this battle,” Shrinate said.

A member of the UPA council of ministers along with Scindia and Prasada, RPN is the scion of Sainthwar royal family of eastern UP’s Kushi Nagar. His father Chandra Pratap Narain was an MLA, two-time MP and a minister in late PM Indira Gandhi’s cabinet. Although the Congress dismissed his exit, RPN, a prominent OBC leader, could sway the election in Kushi Nagar adjoining Yogi’s LS seat Gorakhpur.

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