Update at 2:43 AM: Ashish Khetan nips the speculation of his exit in the bud
Just a week after Aam Aadmi Party leader and former journalist Ashutosh tabled his resignation from the party, another senior leader, Ashish Khetan, has stated that he is not currently involved in politics, and is "solely focused on his legal practice". However, Khetan stopped short of making any resignation or departure-related announcement.
Taking to Twitter, Khetan wrote,"I am completely focused on my legal practice and not involved in active politics at the moment. Rest is all extrapolation".
Earlier, in April, Khetan had quit the post of vice-chairman of the Delhi Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC) citing the same reason of 'joining the legal profession'. Minutes after his first tweet on Wednesday, intense speculation about his possible exit from the party started brewing.
At this point, Khetan took to the microblogging platform once again and attempted to nip the speculation in the bud, writing:
On August 15, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) appeared to have been dealt a major blow after one of their most senior leaders, Ashutosh, tendered his resignation from the party citing 'personal reasons'. The journalist-turned-politician was a spokesperson of the party, and had contested elections in 2014 from Chandni Chowk. Announcing his decision to not only quit AAP, but politics altogether, Ashutosh had tweeted:
However, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal did not accept his resignation and publicly tweeted, "How can we ever accept ur resignation? ना, इस जनम में तो नहीं।"
A number of members of the founding team of the Aam Aadmi Party have left over the years, most notably, the fallout between anti-corruption crusader and Arvind Kejriwal -- the two lynchpins of the 'India Against Corruption' movement -- as well the high-profile joint departure of Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan.