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Setback for AAP in Gurgaon as office-bearers quit

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According to Ramesh Yadav, the Gurgaon AAP had around 400 members before the mass resignations happened on Sunday. According to Ramesh Yadav, the Gurgaon AAP had around 400 members before the mass resignations happened on Sunday. (Reuters)

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) suffered a massive blow on Sunday when scores of office-bearers led by a senior leader of its Gurgaon unit, Ramesh Yadav, resigned, protesting against its policies. Ten of them, including Yadav, publicly tendered their resignations to party president Arvind Kejriwal at the Ramlila Maidan in Gurgaon, where he concluded his roadshow on Sunday evening.

Yadav, who was AAP’s Gurgaon convenor, said around 250 workers had resigned with him, including the Gurgaon unit’s general secretary and treasurer. “There has been unrest within the Gurgaon unit for the past four weeks regarding the kind of actions the party has taken. Look at Delhi. They have run from their responsibilities. They are giving tickets to candidates who don’t have a clean record. The decision-making in the party is no longer democratic and happens behind closed doors. They say something and do something else,” Yadav said.

He added that he along with other party members had held discussions on these issues with the party’s Gurgaon candidate Yogendra Yadav and Kejriwal, but could not reach a solution. “Yogendra Yadav would say that it is not in his hands and that the party will decide. Kejriwal would listen to us, even accept that some things went wrong, but then do nothing,” Yadav said.

According to him, the Gurgaon AAP had around 400 members before the mass resignations happened on Sunday.

Sources said Yadav was peeved at the entry of so many new faces and felt that he was being sidelined. He was among the founder members of the party in Gurgaon. According to the sources, he wields considerable clout in certain pockets of Gurgaon and that his resignation would adversely impact AAP’s campaign in this region.

Ending his whirlwind Haryana tour at Ramlila grounds in Gurgaon on Sunday evening, Kejriwal continued his attack on Mukesh Ambani, Congress, BJP and the media. He alleged that there was a nexus between the corporates, the media and political parties.

Along with Yogendra Yadav, Kejriwal raised issues of land acquisition, attacked BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi and the way in which the two political parties were allegedly playing into the hands of big business groups like the Adanis, Ambanis among others. He made these allegations during his visit of Rewari, Pataudi and Wazirpur areas in the constituency.

Claiming that the people of this country will wipe out Congress in the upcoming elections, Kejriwal alleged, “What the British could not loot in 200 years, Congress has looted in 10 years…”

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