Published On: Sun, Mar 16th, 2014


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In a jolt to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), national executive member Ashok Agarwal on Tuesday quit the party, saying it has become “directionless” and functions like a private limited company.

In a letter to party’s national convener Arvind Kejriwal, Agarwal, who has been associated with the party since its founding days, said that he joined the party for strong principles, but the goals for which it was created for are getting lost.

“The movement seems to have become directionless causing doubts in the minds of people and even people like me who are today feeling the party is functioning like a private company. The connect of aam aadmi is on wean and a group of elite individuals is promoted to take over the party. Aam aadmi has taken a back seat and what’s on the mind of such individuals is personal projection at the cost of that very aam aadmi vision,” Agarwal said in the letter.

The national executive committee is the second most important committee in the party after the political affairs committee

Sources in AAP also say that Mr Aggarwal’s resignation is in retaliation for the party over-looking him to choose former journalist Ashutosh as its candidate from the Chandni Chowk constituency in Delhi.

Noted dancer and social activist Mallika Sarabhai, who joined AAP in January, has in the past been critical of Kumar Vishwas, who will run against Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi. Ms Sarabhai had said in January that Mr Vishwas should explain videos that show him making offensive remarks about women and Muslims.

Ms Sarabhai told the Press Trust of India today that AAP has not contacted her to run as a candidate in Gujarat. “I will not contest as an independent and I don’t want to contest at all,” she said, adding that she will campaign for the party if asked.

Madhu Bhaduri, a former diplomat and one of the founding members of AAP, quit the party in February over a controversial midnight raid in a Delhi neighborhood by then Law Minister Somnath Bharti, who allegedly accused African women living there of trafficking drugs and sex

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