Congress leader Sanjay Jha was removed on Wednesday (June 17, 2020) as a Congress party spokesperson, days after he wrote a newspaper article critical of the party.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi has also approved the appointment of Abhishek Dutt and Sadhna Bharti as national media panelists for the Congress.
“Congress president has also approved that Sanjay Jha be dropped as AICC spokesperson with immediate effect,” the party said in an official statement.
In the article published a few days ago, Jha had said, “The Congress has demonstrated extraordinary lassitude, and its lackadaisical attitude towards its own political obsolescence is baffling…”
“I would like to call a spade a spade here and a shovel: there has been no serious effort to get the party up and running with any sense of urgency,” he had said in the article in ”The Times of India”.
“There are many in the party who cannot comprehend this perceptible listlessness. For someone like me, for instance, permanently wedded to Gandhian philosophy and Nehruvian outlook that defines the Congress, it is dismaying to see its painful disintegration,” he had said.
Sanjay Jha was national spokesperson for the Indian National Congress (INC) party since 2013, and represents the INC party in TV debates and panel discussions. He is the President of All India Professionals Congress, Maharashtra. Jha is the executive director of Dale Carnegie Training operations in India. Jha has written columns for Congress mouthpiece National Herald, Yahoo.com, The Huffington Post and the DailyO of Indian Today Group. He has written a cricket anthology, 11 Triumphs, Trials and Turbulence: Indian cricket, 2003-2010 and co-authored another book on leadership with Myra White called The Superstar Syndrome: The Making of a Champion.