Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma resigned from party’s steering committee chairmanship

Debjit Mukherjee: In a big jolt to the Congress ahead of assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh, party’s senior leader Anand Sharma on Sunday resigned from the chairmanship of the party’s steering committee for the state.

Anand Sharma, in a letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, said that his self-respect is ”non-negotiable” and he has resigned from the post, sources told.

He later tweeted that he resigned with a “heavy heart” and that he would remain a “lifelong congressman”.

“Committed to Congress ideology that runs in my blood, let there be no doubts about this! However, given the continuing exclusion and insults, as a self-respecting person- I was left with no choice,” he further tweeted.