In a serious setback to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), its state convenor and irrigation scam whistleblower Anjali Damani quit the party posts on Tuesday, deciding to distance herself from the political outfit.
AAP’s state secretary Preeti Sharma Menon, too, quit party posts. While Damania has resigned from the post of the state convener and a member of the state executive, Menon quit as spokesperson.
This is the second time the two have resigned from the party posts Last time, they were persuaded to come back after an intervention by central AAP leaders.
Damania, who was had exposed the irrigation scam, had been unhappy because of negative campaigning unleashed by some AAP workers, sources said. But in a letter to the media, Damania ruled out any conspiracy theories.
“I genuinely feel each and every one of us has a duty towards our nation. I have done it with utmost sense of responsibility and dedication. But, I also have a family to look after… and I feel it is my duty to get back and look after them,” said Damania in the letter.
She had been in the forefront in exposing several scams with allegations levelled against leaders such as Sharad Pawar, Ajit Pawar, Sunil Tatkare and Chhagan Bhujbal.
Both Menon and Damania felt after the AAP delivered a spectacular performance in the Delhi Assembly polls last year, many people with vested interests had joined the party, thus tarnishing its image, sources said.