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Mayank Gandhi resigns from AAP National Executive citing ‘losing interest’ in politics

Mayank Gandhi had taken on Kejriwal through his blogs when the Delhi Chief Minister was locked in a bitter feud with now expelled AAP leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan.

Written by Parthasarathi Biswas | Pune | Published: November 13, 2015 12:03 am
MAYANK759 Gandhi was among some of the leaders who were critical of the way Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan were ousted from the party.

Trouble seems to be brewing for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) as senior leader from Maharashtra Mayank Gandhi sent out his resignation from the party’s national executive. Gandhi’s resignation comes days before the AAP is scheduled to hold its national council meeting on November 24.

The state unit of the AAP has been at the eye of a storm since quite some time. Earlier this year, the AAP central committee had decided to disband all state committees. Gandhi, who has been with the party since its inception, was critical about the move and had accused national spokesperson Preeti Sharma Menon of politicking.

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In his resignation letter, Gandhi stated that he is losing interest in politics. “I think it is unfair to continue to be a member of the national executive with this mindset. You are requested to please accept my resignation with immediate effect. Hope that you will find some capable representatives from Maharashtra,” the letter read.

Asked whether the recent incidents within the party are responsible for his resignation, Gandhi said they are among many other reasons. “I had joined politics to make a change but the present condition of politics is unpalatable to me. It has to be either AAP or nothing for me,” he said.

Gandhi’s decision to resign from the national executive will facilitate the election of someone else from the state. “The national council will be able to nominate someone before they meet. I did not feel it right on my part to continue with a disinterested mindset,” he said.

Menon said it is Gandhi’s personal decision. “The national council has the power to add or remove people from the national executive,” she said. Associated with the Jan Lokpal movement since its early days, Gandhi has been active on the social front since long. He had also made a futile attempt to fight elections on an AAP ticket in 2014.

Gandhi was among some of the leaders who were critical of the way Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan were ousted from the party. After Yadav was dropped from the party’s Political Affairs Committee (PAC), Gandhi had argued the need for inner party transparency in his blog.

Asked whether he would be joining the Swaraj Abhiyan launched by Yadav, Gandhi replied in the negative. The AAP unit in Maharashtra has seen a string of leaders leaving it. Following the ouster of Yadav and Bhusan, leaders like Maruti Bhapkar and Ibramin Khan had left the party and joined the Swaraj Abhiyan launched by Yadav.

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    bonku
    Nov 12, 2015 at 2:40 am
    Cats can not change it's spots. Kejriwal is, after all, an aggarwal, Marwari!
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      a non-minority
      Nov 12, 2015 at 2:25 am
      Can you ask an True amese, what if BJP looses am this time? Thing is that you are not an Indian and do not know the problems of am in present context, you know only loosing and wining elections, specifically BJP loosing it....! And about Bihar, yes, they have the same Bihar again for next five years as it has been since independence, so what BJP looses here, rather ask a Bihari who has true sense of love for their state what they lost....BTW, what AAP has gained from BJP loosing BIhar, a complete corruption free Bihar with Laloo's come back??
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        a non-minority
        Nov 12, 2015 at 2:33 am
        Can you ask an True amese, what if BJP looses am this time? Thing is that you are not an Indian and do not know the problems of am in present context, you know only loosing and wining elections, specifically BJP loosing it....! And about Bihar, yes, they have the same Bihar again for next five years as it has been since independence, so what BJP looses here, rather ask a Bihari who has true sense of love for their state what they lost....BTW, what AAP has gained from BJP loosing BIhar, a complete corruption free Bihar with Laloo's come back??
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          DRK
          Nov 11, 2015 at 9:14 pm
          Moral : When you are in politics NEVER praise or abuse your own party or opponent party too much. You may be compelled to leave your party and join in opponent party.
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            hydra
            Nov 11, 2015 at 6:34 pm
            anti national
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