AAP (Aam Admi Party) has been in news since it’s inception for several reasons and leaving the party has always been a part of this news row. The latest to leave the party is Journalist-cum-Politician Ashish Khetan and he has spoken on his resignation to the news agency ANI. In a conversation with the news agency, Khetan cited the cause of his resignation as his personal reason and said that he had already sounded it off multiple times about his resignation before the party leadership.
“…since both the party and the government were beset with a series of crises, I waited for an opportune time to formalise my decision. I had also informed the party leadership about my decision, on more than one occasion,” said Khetan to the news agency. Khetan had offered his resignation to the party chief and current Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, on August 22, which Kejriwal has yet not accepted.
The incident of resignation from Khetan came just a week after the member of the highest decision-making body of the party, Ashutosh, quit the party by citing his personal reason as the cause for his decision. Both, Ashutosh and Ashish Khetan, were very close to the party chief and were prominent faces of the party. Where Ashutosh has cited his personal reasons for leaving the party, Ashish Khetan desired to pursue law as full time profession. “I am unable to devote my time and efforts for the upliftment of the party as I have joined the Bar Council. I don’t want to continue with the organisation just for name sake,” said Ashish Khetan to ANI.
Both the journo-turned-politicians have fought the 2014 General Election from Delhi and lost to their counter part. Where Ashish Khetan lost the election to his rival BJP leader, Meenakshi Lekhi, by a huge margin of 1,62,708 votes, Ashutosh lost his seat to BJP’s Dr. Harsh Vardhan. Ashutosh gave a tough fight to Congress party’s prominent leader, Kapil Sibal, and left him behind by a good margin. The other prominent leaders to leave the party are Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav in April 2015. They both were sacked from the party for having divergent views and they subsequently, formed their own party, Swaraj Abhiyan.