Shazia & Gopinath Resign from AAP
Aam Admi Party faces one of it’s biggest challenges with the resignation of two of its most prominent leaders— journalist-turned politician Shazia Ilmi and GR Gopinath who launched India’s first low-cost carrier.
As per the reports in Indian Media – “There is a clique of people who have surrounded Arvind Kejriwal and are controlling all the decisions. Even I can’t go and meet him, so then think of party volunteers. There is no internal democracy in the party and this is sad in a party that claims to stand for Swaraj,” she said. Shazia however, refused to name the people who make up this clique.
She said that her decision had nothing to do with her being forced to contest from Ghaziabad in the recently concluded general election and said that she even thought about resigning during the election campaign.
“Arvind has constantly shot down the messenger. I have been systematically marginalised for raising a voice of dissent. I’m no longer part of the decision making process. Arvind should not be in jail but with party cadres,” Ilmi said.”I have been raising my voice against party decisions from 5-6 months now,” she said.
However she hasn’t closed the door on the party completely and said that if the party gives her a more relevant role, she could consider coming back.