The Mumbai arm of the Aam Aadmi Party suffered a major blow on Tuesday after two of the party’s most prominent faces tendered resignations from their party positions. State Convener Anjali Damania, who contested the Lok Sabha election unsuccessfully against Nitin Gadkari in Nagpur, and State Secretary Preeti Sharma Menon resigned citing personal reasons.
Both had put in their papers in June and had spoken candidly of their unhappiness with developments in the party in the aftermath of the Lok Sabha elections. But soon after withdrew it.
Though AAP is not contesting the Maharashtra Assembly elections, the resignations of Damania and Menon from their leadership positions in the state executive committee indicate a churn within the party that is at present supposed to be focusing on party-building. The official reason cited for the resignations is that the duo “could not cope with the multi-tasking” that was expected of them.
“We are not just politicians, we are also aam aadmi. We were finding it difficult to manage our lives. After the Lok Sabha elections, there was a negative sentiment that was created, but that was not the only reason to resign then, there were other elements too,” said Damania.
Menon admitted she had been unhappy with the way the party was being run, but said that was a thing of the past. “Three months ago, we were dissatisfied with the way the state arm of the party was functioning and hence decided to resign then. But with the help of our volunteers we were able to reform the state executive and things now are moving in the right direction. Both Anjali and I have resigned now as we need to give attention to our personal lives,” said Menon.
Damania and Menon said they had been juggling their family life, careers and party responsibilities. “Both of us could not cope with the multi tasking that we had to do,” Menon added.
“Three months ago was not the right time to resign as there was no alternative for the party in the state. Only after a proper handover to Mission Vistaar team did we know that we were ready to resign not from the party but from our posts,” said Daminia.
Both the former party heads said they decided to quit right now after the Mission Vistaar team, a recent AAP initiative, was set up in Maharashtra. The state unit of the party had announced in early July their decision to avoid contesting the state Assembly polls.