"I met Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar today and tendered my resignation. I have resigned from my Lok Sabha seat as well as from the party,” said Pal.

Pal said that he had been getting a feeling for the past few days that he is not being able to put forth his views and suggestions and there was a problem in communication with the leadership.

Seeking to reject the contention that he quit the party ahead of Lok Sabha polls as it may be difficult for him to retain his seat on a Congress ticket, Pal said that he had won three Assembly polls and a Lok Sabha election on Congress tickets in Uttar Pradesh where the party is out of power since 1989.

"Congress did not come to power in UP since 1989 but I stayed with the party, kept defending its policies. At the age of 65 when I am leaving Congress party, it is not because I want to get something,” he said.

Without naming Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Pal said the senior leaders are not being able to communicate with the emerging leadership.

"Their suggestions are not being heard and they are not being given respect. Senior leaders are not being able to communicate with the emerging leadership. Hence, I, who was in the party from my Youth Congress days, decided to quit. What is the point in staying if I can't command respect and can't even communicate with the leadership," he said.

(Agencies)

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