AAP's Gandhi fights lone battle after party unit seeks his resignation

  • Navrajdeep Singh, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Apr 04, 2015 22:41 IST

In a fight for principles, member of Parliament from Patiala Dharamvir Gandhi has been stranded alone as the Aam Aadmi Party's district unit has sought his resignation from the party.

The state's AAP unit signalled to take disciplinary action against Gandhi after he raised his voice for intra-party democracy and supported Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan during the national executive meet last month.

AAP office-bearers and volunteers of eight constituencies in Patiala district condemned Gandhi's approach towards the party and its national convener Arvind Kejriwal.

"Enough is enough. Gandhi must stop enacting the political drama," said AAP's district convener Jarnail Singh Manu, who actively participated during Gandhi's Lok Sabha election campaign.

Ironically, it was Gandhi who had floated Manu's name for the post of the district convener. A number of Gandhi's party colleagues have turned against him. Harjit Singh Adaltiwala, who got the ticket in the Patiala bypoll largely because of Gandhi, has now turned against him.

Strong believers of Gandhi's ideas once, both Manu and Adaltiwala are leaving no stone unturned now to condemn Gandhi's principles.

"Instead of resigning from the post of leader of the party in Parliament, Gandhi must leave the party as he has become egoistic after becoming the MP," Manu said.

"Gandhi has forgotten that he won the MP elections on an AAP symbol and got votes in the name of Kejriwal," he added.

Adaltiwala said that due to his statements and actions, Gandhi is not only creating trouble for himself, but has also disappointed the workers and leaders, who are working at the ground level. He complained that after becoming the MP, Gandhi had completely ignored the workers and wasn't even picking their phones.

I dare party to expel me: Gandhi

Replying to AAP Patiala district unit's demands, Gandhi said the move is motivated by other senior leaders to make his life difficult and that he had done no wrong by raising his voice in favour of Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav.

"The district unit has no right to seek my resignation as I have been elected by the people of Patiala," he said.

"I dare the party to expel me. I will continue to speak and raise issues that concern the welfare of the party in the long run," Gandhi asserted, while talking to Hindustan Times.

He said he would soon visit every town and village in his constituency and make them aware of the truth in this episode.

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