I am a partner of Congress, but if someone pushes me out…: Manish Tewari

Congress national spokesperson Manish Tewari said on Thursday, February 17, that he will not leave the party until someone throws him out.

“I am not a tenant in Congress. I am a participant. I have given 40 years to the party. Our family has shed blood for the unity of this country. But if someone wants to throw me out, it is a different matter.”

The remarks came amid speculation that the Congress MP from Sri Anandpur Sahib might quit the party. Manish Tewari had said in a cryptic tweet on Wednesday, “If I speak, it is considered a rebellion, if I keep quiet, I become helpless.” This tweet came a few days before the Punjab elections.

Earlier this week, Manish Tewari, who is also a member of the G-23 demanding organizational reforms, said he was not leaving the party. “I’ll cross the bridge when I get there,” he said. Speaking at Panchayat Aaj Tak-Punjab, he said, “Congress will suffer even if a small party worker leaves the Congress. If senior leaders leave the party, the loss will be huge.”

In December, Congress leaders seemed to attack top leaders by drawing parallels between the party’s woes in Uttarakhand and the woes affecting the party in Assam and Punjab.