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Manjit quits AAP after Dharamvira loses party post

Attacking Bhushan and Yadav, Mann said that the two leaders had been sacked for carrying out anti-party activities.

By: Press Trust of India Written by Kanchan Vasdev | Chandigarh |
April 22, 2015 3:45:59 am
Dharamvira Gandhi, bhagwant mann, AAP, yogendra yadav, prashant bhushan AAP on Tuesday removed Dharamvira Gandhi as its parliamentary party leader and replaced him with Arvind Kejriwal loyalist Bhagwant Mann.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today removed Dharamvira Gandhi as its parliamentary party leader and replaced him with Arvind Kejriwal loyalist Bhagwant Mann. The decision came hours after the expulsion of Prashant Bhushan, Yogendra Yadav, Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha late on Monday night.

Following Gandhi’s removal, Prof Manjit Singh, former AAP spokesperson and Yadav aide, resigned saying he did not want to be part of a party of “autocrats and dictators”.

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In an open resignation letter to AAP chief Kejriwal, Manjit, who was a member of the state organising committee of Mission Vistaar, said, “It is easy to take the reins of power but very difficult to live up to the aspirations of the people and promises made to them. At this juncture, more than anybody else you needed Prashant Bhushan, Yogendra Yadav, Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha around. Expelling all the four from the party the previous night has raised serious doubts about your proclamations and promises. Can there be any Swaraj without the voices of dissent or differences?”

Manjit said Kejriwal treated dedicated and honest volunteers as “unpaid labourers” who should sacrifice their time and resources for no expectations of their own. “Was this an idea of Swaraj?”

He said that all the members of the Campaign Committee who worked hard for the Lok Sabha elections in Punjab were disillusioned. Barring a few who made frequent visits to Delhi to ensure their loyalty, the rest were all marginalized.

While Gandhi was not available for comment, his wife said he would not resign from the party, “He will continue his fight from within. He cannot ditch the people of Patiala who elected him,” she said.

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