Anjali Damania quits AAP
Moneylife Digital Team 05 June 2014

Anjali Damania and Preeti Menon have resigned from AAP. However, the party says both have resigned only from their posts and not from AAP

Activist-turned-politician and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Anjali Damani has resigned from the party, ahead of the state Assembly elections.


"Dear colleagues, with a heavy heart, I am ending my association with AAP," Damania said in a letter addressed to AAP colleagues, issued Wednesday evening.


Damania, who unsuccessfully contested the recent Lok Sabha elections against BJP leader Nitin Gadkari from Nagpur, said, "My greatest regards for Arvind (Kejriwal), who is like an elder brother. All I want to request is that please do not have conspiracy theories over my exit."


The state party convener said she will never compromise on her values.


Damania, however, refused to state any reasons on her sudden decision to quit the party, and said she only wished the "best" for AAP.


"Kindly excuse me, I do not wish to state anything except that I care a lot for my party and my best wishes are always with it," she said.


Reacting to the exit of Damani, AAP leader Mayank Gandhi told PTI that lack of communication at various levels and complaints against AAP committee members by party workers pushed Damania into tendering her resignation.


"Minor organisational issues like complaints against the behaviour of committee members by AAP workers and lack of communication at various levels were irritating Anjali (Damania) and Preeti (Menon). They could not focus on the major reasons for which they had joined politics. Hence, she decided to quit," Gandhi said.


There were reports about resignation of Preeti Sharma Menon, the party's spokesperson for Maharashtra. However, Menon denied reports about her resignation from the party.


"We have been able to convince her that a structure will be created for organisational issues and she should focus on what she is good at (taking up corruption-related issues). She (Damania) intends to meet all volunteers Thursday evening to exhort them to refocus on our original goals of systemic change," Gandhi added.


Damania stood at the fourth position from Nagpur Lok Sabha seat during the recent election by securing 69,081 votes.


Gadkari won from the seat, with 5.87 lakh votes to his credit, by defeating seven-term MP Vilas Muttemwar of Congress.

Nagesh Kini
8 years ago
AAP and more particularly AK has forfeited the confidence of the aam janata to whom he promised the moon that he failed to deliver. when his close associates like sarabhai, capt. gopinath and now these two exit he will left with a group of self-seeking rump. the days of the party are over the moment they quit delhi only for the general election. the lok pal bill was only a 'bahana' to use the local jargon. it's time it is wound up gracefully.
it amply proved that politics in deed is the last resort of a scoundrel !
8 years ago
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