Anjali Damania, who took on Nitin Gadkari, quits Aam Aadmi Party

AAP's state convener Anjali Damania and state secretary Preeti Sharma Menon have tendered their resignation.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: June 5, 2014 5:07 pm
Anjali Dhamani is yet to make an official announcement about her decision to quit AAP. (Express Archive) Anjali spoke about ending her association with the AAP. . (Express Archive)

In a major setback to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the run up to the Maharashtra assembly elections later this year, its state convener Anjali Damania and state secretary Preeti Sharma Menon have tendered their resignation.

While in a note addressed to few of her party associates late on Wednesday evening, Damania spoke about ending her association with the AAP, national executive member Mayank Gandhi only confirmed that both her and Menon have stepped down from their leadership positions in the state executive committee .

“A decision will be taken at our national executive meeting on Friday. We have had several new prominent members joining the party in course of the general elections. We have long been deliberating over either reconstituting or dissolving the state executive committee to make way for the new people. Anjali was of the opinion that it should be dissolved,” said Gandhi.

On Thursday morning Mayank tweeted, “Anjali is a great asset to the nation. We must convince her to continue to lead Maharashtra AAP.”

Several sources within the AAP, however, confirmed that Damania’s exit is the fall-out of the poll debacle faced by the party where almost all candidates from the 48 Parliamentary seats – with the exception of Wamanrao Chatap from Chandrapur who polled in a decent share of 2 lakh votes – couldn’t even manage enough votes to salvage their deposit amounts.

Damania, who played a role in exposing the irrigation scam in the state, herself came fourth with 69,081 votes from the Nagpur constituency. She was pitted against BJP’s now Cabinet minister Nitin Gadkari and Congress’ Vilas Muttemwar. In the General elections, the party polled in only 2.2 per cent of the total votes cast in the state at 10.83 lakh votes. Party leaders, who had earlier announced their decision to contest all 288 assembly seats in Maharashtra later this year, have now said that they will contest fewer seats.

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  1. A
    Jun 5, 2014 at 7:03 am
    AAP is hope
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      Subhash Bennur
      Jun 5, 2014 at 11:28 am
      The way both Preeti & Anjali was hurling abuses at the opponents it appeared they were the agents of congress. Good riddance! Get lost!
      1. B
        Jun 5, 2014 at 9:41 am
        Well done...join bjp.
        1. G
          Jun 5, 2014 at 7:23 am
          She came . Tried her luck with AAP. Got sunk in Modi TSunami. Now it time to get out. Such a opportunist !!
          1. J
            Jafo Jafo
            Jun 5, 2014 at 7:45 am
            better late than never......
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              Mahendra Pednekar
              Jun 5, 2014 at 12:58 pm
              She realised a bit too late that the agitational politics of AAP was going nowhere. We need problem solvers and not those who keep ranting about problems. To some extent, a dharna is fine, but when it gets too much, better to dispense with AAP. AAP will now split. Had Meera Sanyal not joined AAP, I would have probably voted for her.
              1. M
                Max Car
                Jun 6, 2014 at 6:19 am
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                  M L
                  Jun 5, 2014 at 6:14 am
                  Anyone other than Kejriwal left in AAP?
                  1. H
                    Jun 5, 2014 at 12:39 pm
                    I salute that she made sincere attempt to contest against Gadkari (who has serious allegations but neither Congress nor BJP Govt have intention to probe). .. she is a great role model and I know she will keep fighting for aam aadmi.
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                      Paddy Singh
                      Jun 5, 2014 at 7:25 am
                      It was 'hope' for a lot of people and they made it in the Delhi embly pools. Then Kejriwal and gang started making fools of them selves. Serves therm right for now they will be the 'have beens', unless they prove themselves in Delhi. But I am sure the BJP will recommend holding of elections again ending the AAP dream
                      1. R
                        Rajendra Tangwan
                        Jun 5, 2014 at 11:19 am
                        people of the country have given to modi haters such a resounding slap that it will ring in their ears for years to come
                        1. I
                          India Dreams
                          Jun 5, 2014 at 6:19 am
                          One More RAT jumps out of Sinking Ship AAP. This was bound to happen
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                            Yakub Ali
                            Jun 5, 2014 at 12:08 pm
                            RIP AAP!
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