The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was hit by another show of dissent on Sunday after the party’s Rohini MLA Rajesh Garg reportedly wrote a scathing letter to party national convenor Arvind Kejriwal on a social networking site, asking him to stop promoting “rich and corrupt” people in the party and reconsider his stance on fresh elections.
This comes after a series of high-profile names such as Shazia Ilmi and Yogendra Yadav have either left or shown disagreement with the party. Garg, however, is the first MLA after Vinod Kumar Binny to have spoken against the party. Binny, who was refused a ministerial position in the AAP cabinet post their Assembly election win in December 2013, was subsequently expelled from the AAP.
Garg’s letter to Kejriwal, which was uploaded on his Facebook page, said, “You should accept the truth and stop promoting the rich and corrupt within the party. You should try and understand the pain and the suffering of the ordinary worker of the party, who has actually forsaken everything to rid this country of corruption… When you keep asking for the Assembly to be dissolved, have you ever thought of what happens to the people, party workers and elected representatives of different parties?”
Garg hit out at Kejriwal for failing to consult people if Delhi needed fresh elections or not and said a “better message” would have gone out if he had done so. “If we had shown courage on February 14, 2014 (the date of the party resigning from government) then we would have been serving the people of Delhi as currently nothing is possible because there is no government. Whoever forms the government does not matter. We had come to serve the people and not to form government,” he said.
He said the AAP must look towards resolving “the debt of 1,000 crore instead of being obstinate about fresh elections”. “Can we not do good work while sitting in the Opposition? We must also look at one more thing, that if elections happen again and no party gets a clear majority then what will we say to the people,” Garg’s letter reads.
When Newsline attempted to contact Garg seeking to confirm the authenticity of the letter, he replied via text message and said, “What is written on FB is true… meeting with party people.”
The party remained tightlipped on the matter and said, “We will ascertain the full facts of the matter and then respond. However, we want to make it clear that Rajesh Garg is very much an intrinsic part of the AAP, and there is no chance of him defecting or quitting the party.”