Renowned lawyer and youngest congressional spokesman, Jyver Shergill, cut ties with the grand old party on Wednesday. Here’s what you need to know about him.
Jiver Shergill resigned from Congress (photo PTI)
- Jiver Shergill resigned from all positions in the Congress Party on Wednesday.
- He was the youngest national representative of the party.
- Shergill is a prominent lawyer who practices on the Supreme Court.
Congress continues to bleed over the resignation of Jaivir Shergill, the youngest national party-appointed official and rising star. The 39-year-old said he had decided to cut all ties with the grand old party as sycophancy eats away at the organization like termites.
In a letter to the head of the Congress, Sonia Gandhi, Jiver Shergill not only listed the reasons for his step, but also criticized the party leadership. He stated that the Congress “consistently ignores the reality on the ground” and that “the vision of the party’s decision makers no longer matches” the aspirations of the youth.
“Moreover, it pains me to say that decision-making is no longer in the interests of society and the country, but rather depends on the selfish interests of people who indulge in toadying and constantly ignoring reality. This is what I can’t. morally accept or continue to work,” he wrote.
Jiver Shergill is the latest in an exodus of congressional leaders whose electoral success and political influence have been on a downward trajectory since 2014. Earlier this month, former MPs Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma stepped down from party positions in their home states.
Here’s everything you need to know about Jiver Shergill:
- New Guard member Jyver Shergill was one of the youngest and most prominent members of Congress.
- He was born in Jalandhar, Punjab on 28 June 1983. His father was a lawyer specializing in money laundering cases.
- After finishing school in Jalandhar, he entered the West Bengal National University of Law Sciences in Kolkata. In 2006, he received his LL.B. and LL.M. from UC Berkeley School of Law.
- In 2008, he joined the chamber of Senior Attorney and Congressman Abhishek Manu Singhvi.
- As a practicing attorney at the Supreme Court of India, Shergill has been involved in various high-profile cases and has represented industry giants such as telecom operator Vodafone and the Tata group.
- Prior to his resignation, Shergill served in Congress as a National Media Representative, Spokesperson for the Punjab Pradesh Congress, and Co-Chair of the Party’s Punjabi branch legal cell.
- Speaking to reporters after leaving Congress, he said that he had not been allowed to hold press conferences for the past several months.
- As for his plans for the future, Shergill said that they will only become known in the future.
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