New Delhi: Former Congress Working Committee member and ex-MP Jagmeet Singh Brar, who was suspended from the party last year, today backed former Union Minister Jayanthi Natarajan after she resigned from Congress membership attacking the party leadership.
"Purgation at the top is the only remedy for the rejuvenation of the Congress in the existing scenario," Brar said in a statement to PTI.
He said his "honourable" colleague from the South Natarajan was removed from her ministerial berth in a similar dis-respectable manner for defying "sycophancy" as he was removed from the Party's Central Working Committee.
"It shows that party politics in the Indian political scenario relies generally on half-truths, often on non-truths, and occasionally on bland lies," he said.
Brar said that it was unfortunate that senior leaders from various states are deserting Congress at a time when it needs them most.
"Those speaking the truth must be listened to. After all some body is responsible for such desertions," Brar said, who had criticised the Congress leadership days before he was suspended from the party along with Haryana Congress leader Chaudhyar Birender Singh, who is now a Cabinet minister from BJP in the Narendra Modi government.
Brar had invited wrath of the party top brass after he suggested that AICC president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi should "take rest" for two years and hand over the reins of the party to some other leaders. Congress had cited "indiscipline and anti-party activities" the reasons behind his suspension.
Brar had later resigned from the primary membership of the party in December last year and had written a somewhat similar letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi announcing the end of his 35-year-long association with Congress.
In the letter, he had then said, "Party democracy demands that the people at the grassroots level decide who should lead them, not the so-called high command in Delhi. This Soviet-style centralism is everything else than democratic."
"In this oligarchic attitude I miss the democratic credentials which our great leaders Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had once conferred on this mother of all political parties in India," he had said.
He had gone to add "In the meantime, this great party that had once brought independence to our great nation has been reduced to a mere self-serving family undertaking, which shares the party functioning, at the maximum, with a small number of party oligarchs, which envelop and insulate it from a common dialogue ultra-necessary for democratic functioning of any political party."