Shazia Ilmi quits AAP

New Delhi: In what could spell more trouble for the Aam Aadmi Party whose chief is in jail, one of its founding members, Shazia Ilmi, and another leader, Captain Gopinath, quit on Saturday. 

While announcing her resignation, Ilmi told reporters today that there was a lack of democracy within the party. 

“There is lack of inner party democracy within the Aam Aadmi Party. The party which talks about ‘Swaraj’ has failed to apply it within the party,” Ilmi said at a press conference here. 

Accusing the party of marginalising her, Ilmi said: “We fight against cronyism but there is a crony clique that runs AAP, who takes the decisions and we are told about it later.” 

She also clarified that her resignation from the party is not due to the fact that she was asked to contest the Lok Sabha election from Ghaziabad, from where she lost. 

She also said the party has lost its direction and needs to introspect and go beyond agitations. 

“I am not for jail bharo politics. There is a need to reinvent the AAP, go beyond agitation,” Ilmi said while taking a potshot at AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, who is in judicial custody for refusing to pay bail amount in a defamation case. The journalist-turned-politician, who contested Lok Sabha elections from Ghaziabad constituency, even lost her security deposit as she could get just 89,125 votes

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