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Friday, Nov 15, 2019

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Ex-AAP leader Admiral Ramdas voices support for Atishi

In the other two-minute video, Lalita Ramdas talked about the good work done by the AAP government in Delhi, especially in the health and education sectors.

lok-sabha-elections Updated: May 05, 2019 04:20 IST
Risha Chitlangia
Risha Chitlangia
New Delhi
Admiral (retd) Ramdas was removed as the AAP’s internal ombudsman in 2015.
Admiral (retd) Ramdas was removed as the AAP’s internal ombudsman in 2015. (HT File)
         

Admiral (retd) L Ramdas, who was removed as the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) internal ombudsman (Lokpal) in 2015, has come out in support of AAP’s East Delhi candidate Atishi. On Saturday, the AAP released two videos — by Ramdas and his wife Lalita Ramdas — supporting Atishi’s candidature in the elections.

“Our entire hearts and minds are with you Atishi. We know your competence and capabilities, and nobody has to advertise it. Those in Delhi know well what you have achieved in schools run by the Delhi government,” Ramdas said in a two-minute video. He cited health reasons for not being able to come to Delhi to campaign for her. He spoke about the work done by Atishi with the government’s school education system and said, “You have done a great job…It will add to the national wealth and good sense in making a person of your calibre a Member of Parliament.”

In the other two-minute video, Lalita Ramdas talked about the good work done by the AAP government in Delhi, especially in the health and education sectors.

Reacting to the videos, Atishi said, “Both Admiral Ramdas and his wife have a long record of public service. He is a war veteran and to get an endorsement from them for my campaign is a matter of great pride for me. I’m thankful to both of them.”

Ramdas was removed as party’s internal ombudsman in 2015. His wife, Lalita Ramdas, who is an AAP member, said “He had never joined the party as he wanted to do an honest and objective job as the party’s internal Lokpal. He was upset then as it wasn’t an honourable way of doing it, but we don’t fully know the circumstances that led to it. He has put the incident behind him and is back on good terms with Kejriwal. We meet him whenever we come to Delhi.”

The Lokpal Bill was the top priority in the AAP’s manifesto. When asked whether Ramdas thinks about the AAP not raising it in its campaign, Lalita said, “He hasn’t followed up on this. It was not just AAP’s agenda, it was a national issue.”

Elaborating on the videos the two released, she said, “I have worked with Atishi and Raghav (Chadha) closely in Delhi. We will also shoot a video to support Raghav. We need more young people to join politics, as they can connect with the aspirations of the youth,” she said.

“I am grateful for the support. It is wonderful to get blessings from veterans. An endorsement from Admiral Ramdas means the world to me,” Chadha said.