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HindustanTimes Tue,21 Oct 2014

Anjali Damania withdraws resignation from AAP

PTI  Mumbai, June 05, 2014
First Published: 11:09 IST(5/6/2014) | Last Updated: 01:15 IST(6/6/2014)

Maharashtra leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party, Anjali Damania and Preeti Menon, resigned from the party but made a U-turn hours later on Thursday after being assured of the formation of a transparent new state executive.

In a letter addressed to AAP colleagues issued on Wednesday evening, Damania, who had unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha polls against BJP leader Nitin Gadkari from Nagpur, said she was ending her "association with AAP." The activist-turned-politician didn't give any reason for her decision.

However, AAP leader Mayank Gandhi told PTI on Thursday evening that a meeting was held with Damania, AAP state convener, and party workers, and some "very important" resolutions were passed after which both the leaders withdrew their resignations.

Menon, the party's state secretary, was not present at the meeting but the outcome of the meet was conveyed to her and she has agreed to withdraw her resignation, he said.

"A new state executive will be formed that will have an increased representation of farmers, Dalits, women, youth and members of the minority community," Gandhi said.

He said lack of communication at various levels and complaints against AAP committee (executive) members by workers had pushed Damania into tendering her resignation.

"Relation between the party leaders and volunteers had recently soured. Complaints against the behaviour of committee members by AAP workers and lack of communication at various levels were irritating them."

"Anjali wanted petty fights between the party leadership and volunteers to stop," Gandhi, who had unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha polls from North West Mumbai, said.

Gandhi said the state unit of the fledgling outfit, which has been hit by high-profile exits after a poor showing in the just-held parliamentary polls, will be revamped.

"We will form a grievance cell where any party volunteer or leader can register their complaints and their problems will be looked into," he said.

There will also be an interaction between the party leadership and volunteers every week and all decisions will be taken in a transparent manner, the AAP leader said.

Despite repeated attempts, Damania remained unavailable for comment.


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