Over 200 members of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Maharashtra quit the party on Saturday afternoon claiming they were upset with the ‘communal’ attitude of leaders Arvind Kejriwal and Mayank Gandhi. As a mark of protest, they collected their plain caps in a box and will now send them to Kejriwal in New Delhi.
Luqman Siddiqui, the leader of the rebel camp within the party, alleged that AAP refused to give them proper representation in the party. He claimed, “Despite asking Kejriwal and Gandhi to give us proper posts in AAP, we were never given our due and treated as mere volunteers to tap into the vote bank of the minority community.” He added that whenever he and the others would try to give suggestions in meetings, Gandhi rebuffed them. Siddiqui alleged that many members of the party were unhappy that AAP wasn’t contesting in the forthcoming state assembly elections. “We had come to the party to work, and if a political party is not going to contest the elections, then what is the use?”
questioned Siddiqui. Despite repeated attempts, Gandhi remained unavailable for comment. However, his close aide said, “These allegations are cropping up now because the party decided not to contest the state assembly elections. These leaders had joined AAP purely for political gains.”