In yet another setback to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), senior party leader Yogendra Yadav has given up his resignation from all the posts. He also took up the blame for the poor show in Haryana during the 16th Lok Sabha Elections 2014. Before him, there were others like Shazia Ilmi and Captain G.R. Gopinath resigning from the party posts citing differences with the party’s leadership. It’s another embarrassment to the Arvind Kejriwal led party after the situations around the non-payment of the bail-bond money have developed. In the past, many prominent faces of the party had left the party citing similar reasons. Here’s a list of those leaders/members:
1. Yogendra Yadav
Senior Party leader and former member of University Grants Commission (UGC) and National Advisory Council (NAC) on Right to Education Act (RTE), Yogendra Yadav decided to part ways with Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). He resigned from all the posts and also took up the blame for bad show the state of Haryana where the party could not bag single seat out of 10.
2. Vinod Kumar Binny
Vinod Kumar Binny left the Aam Aadmi in a high voltage drama citing reasons for the party’s betrayal to the people and going astray of its own principles. Binny was the first rebel within the party who criticized AAP and left it in January after, according to him, the party failed to live up to the pre-election promises to the people of Delhi.
3. Ashwini Upadhyay
Another senior leader, Ashwini Upadhyay, got expelled from the AAP as he alleged that the party had gone in a ‘secret alliance with the Congress’. Ashwini, rebelled publicly and came out heavily on Arvind Kejriwal in the media. Ashwini also alleged the dubious donations Manish Sisodia’s NGO got. Ashwini was expelled for anti-party activities in April.
4. Shazia Ilmi
Shazia Ilmi, co-founder and secular face of AAP, resigned from all party posts citing ‘lack of internal democracy’ and ‘increased indifferences’. Shazia said, “We fight against cronyism, but we have a crony clique that runs the party and takes impulsive decisions.” She was quick to add, she may return to the fold, if given a significant role. Another U-Turn? Please no.
5. Captain GR Gopinath
Capt. Gopinath, a prominent face of AAP, also the pioneer in the low-cost airline sector, resigned from all party posts on Saturday. Gopinath said he was disappointed and disillusioned with the party’s agitational ways, tactics, and continuing tantrums. The Nitin Gadkari episode also left a bad taste.
6. Ashok Agarwal
Ashok Agarwal, national executive of AAP, quit the party expressing his unhappiness over the ticket distribution process. Ashok has alleged that the tickets for the Lok Sabha Elections 2014 were distributed to the elite class people, while the common class was ignored. Ashok while leaving the party said that the goals for which the AAP was formed, are getting lost. Ashik resigned on 11th March 2014.
7. Surajit Dasgupta
Surajit Dasgupta resigned way before the Delhi Assembly Elections in 2013 took place. Surajit, member of National Council- AAP, cited reasons of lack of internal democracy in the party. Surajit while he resigned accused Arvind Kejriwal of manipulating facts for political convenience.
8. Madhu Bhaduri
Another founder member AAP, Madhu Bhaduri had quit in February over Somanth Bharti’s midnight raid in the Khirki extension case. Madhu’s resolution against Somnath wasn’t even paid heed to by senior leader like Prashant Bhushan. Madhu resigned from all party posts, saying that AAP doesn’t treat women as humans, she also alleged that she wasn’t even allowed to condemn the shameful case in media.
9. Nutan Thakur
Nutan Thakur, member of AAP Lucknow, resigned from the party membership when the infamous Shazia Ilmi’s sting operation came into light. Nutan wasn’t any prominent post in the party, but his resignation just before the Delhi Assembly Elections exposed major chinks in AAP’s armoury.
10. Maulana Maqsood Ali Kazmi
Maulana Kazmi, National council member- AAP, resigned midway of the 16th Lok Sabha Elections. Kazmi questioned, “Why was the tickets given to Gul Panag, Meera Sanyal, Ashutosh given?” Kazmi charged that the party was being hijacked by 4-5 who are calling the shots. Kazmi accused Arvind Kejriwal & Co. of selectively targeting Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries on the behest of other industrial house.
11. Thousands of workers over India
Workers across India have resigned amid and after the debacle of AAP post Lok Sabha elections. People have criticised the party for lacking democracy and free speech. A common charge leveled against the party is that of making decisions behind closed doors and by few people. The party was to clean the existing political system but has dirtied itself with.
Many prominent faces have left the party leveling serious charges against the party’s top brass. They have accused the party of being run by a selective few people and the decisions being made by them are not closer to ground reality by any means. Surviving in politics is a huge task and any infighting would only worsen the case.
A recent SMS doing the rounds is, “If at this pace people keep quitting the AAP, the day is not far where it’ll have to rename itself as ‘Do-Char Aadmi ki Party’.”
In order to salvage some pride and abstain from embarrassment, AAP needs to resurrect the party’s image quickly, real quick!