New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party suffered a big setback on Wednesday when its face in Maharashtra, Anjali Damania, quit the party and alleged that Arvind Kejriwal had indulged in horse-trading.
Damania tweeted: “I quit, I have not come into AAP for this nonsense. I believed him; I backed Arvind for principles not horse-trading.”
As per reports, Damania is upset with Kejriwal after it came to the fore that he had allegedly tried to break away Congress MLAs to get the numbers to be back as Delhi CM after the Lok Sabha poll loss. The allegation is based on a taped conversation between Rajesh Garg, AAP’s ex-MLA from Rohini, and Kejriwal in July 2014.
Garg has also confirmed that he indeed had a conversation with Kejriwal in which the Delhi CM said that he wants to break away Congress MLAs.
However, Damania’s decision to quit is surprising as she has been all along known as someone who was close to Kejriwal. Damania had backed the Kejriwal camp in the ongoing tussle with Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav.
She had even accused Bhushan of wanting the party to lose the recent Delhi Assembly polls.
It is the second time that Damania has announced her resignation from the party. In June 2014, she had quit citing lack of communication within the party only to later taken a U-turn after being assured of the formation of a new state executive that would be transparent and broad-based to ensure adequate communication with party workers.
Damania had unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha polls from Nagpur against Nitin Gadkari.