New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Ashish Khetan on Wednesday announced his resignation from the party, confirming the rumours which had been doing the rounds anyway. Khetan’s decision comes a week after another party leader, Ashutosh, had taken such a decision. In a Facebook post, Khetan said, “Early this year I made my decision to quit active politics after much deliberation and in consultation with family and close friends. However, since both the party and the government were beset with a series of crises, I waited for an opportune time to formalize my decision. I had also informed the party leadership about my decision, on more than one occasion.” He said that his “personal decision” to move away from the party and electoral politics should not be viewed as a reflection on the AAP.

“I have only received love and respect from the party and its members and volunteers. And I will be forever grateful for that,” he said. His post comes after speculation over his move and reports that he had quit the party. There wasn’t yet any official comment from the AAP. In the case of Ashutosh, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had not accepted his resignation, saying on Twitter, that it won’t be so, “not in this lifetime”.

“I’ve also taken up legal causes in the larger public interest and will continue to do so. Besides practising law, I’m also keen to return to writing,” he said. In April, Khetan had resigned as the Vice Chairman of the Delhi Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC) to join the Bar and practise commercial law. Khetan said that with his post on FB, he also sought to quell rumours that his decision was linked to his desire for getting a ticket in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. “The party had graciously asked me to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, but I had politely turned it down. Contesting one more election would have further entrenched me in the world of politics, something I don’t want at this point in time,” he said.