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.