The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has been dealt with a major blow after one of their most senior leaders, Ashutosh, tendered resignation from the party, citing 'personal reasons'. The journalist-turned-politician was a spokesperson of the party, and had contested elections in 2014 from Chandi Chowk.
Announcing his decision to not only quit AAP, but politics altogether, he tweeted, "Every journey has an end. My association with AAP which was beautiful/revolutionary has also an end.I have resigned from the PARTY/requested PAC to accept the same. It is purely from a very very personal reason.Thanks to party/all of them who supported me Throughout.Thanks."
Though, it seems his resignation will not be accepted, if his party chief Arvind Kejriwal is to be believed. The Delhi Chief Minister publicly tweeted it. His message read, "How can we ever accept ur resignation? ना, इस जनम में तो नहीं।"
Kumar Vishwas, who was sidelined from the party earlier this year, took a dig at Kejriwal and Ashutosh. His tweet read, "हर प्रतिभासम्पन्न साथी की षड्यंत्रपूर्वक निर्मम राजनैतिक हत्या के बाद एक आत्ममुग्ध असुरक्षित बौने और उसके सत्ता-पालित, 2G धन लाभित चिंटुओं को एक और “आत्मसमर्पित-क़ुरबानी” मुबारक हो ! इतिहास शिशुपाल की गालियाँ गिन रहा है आज़ादी मुबारक"
Vishwas had revolted against the senior members of the party after he was overlooked for the post of Rajya Sabha. AAP had picked Sanjay Singh, ND Gupta and Sushil Gupta as their three members for the upper house, something which did not go down well with Vishwas. It was reported that Ashutosh also objected to the appointments of two Gupta's.
AAP was formed in 2012 after the success of India against Corruption, which was spearheaded by Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal. But ever since their inception, the party has been embroiled in controversies.
Many of the founding members, including Prashant Bhushan, Yogendra Yadav and Anand Kumar had quit the party after disagreements with the party leadership. Soon followed the departure of senior leaders Kumar Vishwas and Kapil Mishra, who were sidelined by the party.