The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Saturday suffered a major jolt in Himachal Pradesh, with its convenor and former BJP MP Dr Rajan Sushant resigning from his party post.
Sushant was unavailable for comment. His wife Sudha Sushant, also a political activist who had contested the state assembly polls as an Independent candidate in 2012, said he had informed the AAP leadership in New Delhi of his decision. “I haven’t spoken to him in detail on the reasons yet,” she said.
A BJP rebel, Sushant reportedly sent an SMS to the party’s zonal in-charge Dhian Singh Pathak asking him to email his resignation to AAP national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kerjiwal and senior leader Sanjay Singh. Sources claimed he was likely to leave the party soon.
“We have no official word about acceptance of the resignation. We are not aware of the reasons for his decision,” said Subhash Chander, AAP’s chief spokesman in Himachal.
A three-time MLA, who was state minister for revenue and biotechnology in the previous BJP government led by Prem Kumar Dhumal, Sushant was elected to the Lok Sabha from Kangra in 2009 on BJP ticket.
Sushant has a history of frequent tussles with the BJP’s top leaders in the state, including senior BJP leader Shanta Kumar and former CM Prem Kumar Dhumal. He had also levelled corruption allegations against both before he was suspended from the party’s Parliamentary body as a sitting MP.
He had joined AAP ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and was appointed its Himachal convenor. He contested the Lok Sabha poll against Shanta Kumar in 2014 but lost to the BJP veteran.