Jayanthi Natarajan to quit Congress today, blames Rahul Gandhi for her exit


New Delhi : Former Union environment minister Jayanthi Natrajan has written a searing letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi , taking potshots at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi , blaming him for her removal as environment minister in 2013 to push for big ticket projects, which she rejected as they were against norms.

In the letter to Sonia Gandhi, Natarajan says that her “entire career is ruined” and that the “sacred and venerable” legacy of her family also “stands in danger of being tarnished”.

Jayanthi, environment minister in the the UPA cabinet, wrote in the letter that she was forced to reject big-ticket projects upon receiving specific requests from Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on environmental clearances. The projects were denied clearances despite being favoured by then prime minister Manmohan Singh and other Cabinet colleagues.

As per the letter details of which have been revealed by a leading English daily, Jayanthi claimed that she became a victim of a “vicious, false and motivated” media campaign by certain individuals in the party after Rahul Gandhi changed his stance from being pro-environment to being corporate-friendly ahead of last year’s Lok Sabha elections.

She also recalls the small conversation that she had with then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh regarding her removal. But most importantly, Natarajan expresses her disbelief at what Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had to say to over dozens of mediapersons and businessmen at the FICCI conference the very same day that she resigned.

Ms Natarajan has also claimed in her letter that she was forced by the Congress to attack the BJP’s Narendra Modi, now Prime MInister, in what was called the Snoopgate controversy, despite her being extremely reluctant to bring up matters that were personal and not policy related.

The former minister alleges that she was asked to resign by a “terse” Dr Manmohan Singh for “party work” for national elections then six months away, but she was given no such assignment. In fact, days later she was also divested of her charge as a party spokesperson.

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