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Arvind Kejriwal’s national ambitions led to downfall of AAP: Former leader Mayank Gandhi

mumbai Updated: Feb 15, 2018 01:08 IST
Naresh Kamath
Naresh Kamath
Hindustan Times
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Mayank Gandhi(Hindustan Times)

Former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and one of its founding members, Mayank Gandhi, while launching his book ‘AAP and Down’, alleged that Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal compromised with party principles, as he aimed to become the Prime Minister of India.

During his interaction with the media at the launch of his book, Gandhi blamed Kejriwal’s national ambitions for the downfall of the party. “The 2013, Delhi assembly elections were fought on basis of principle and transparency. However, problems started after the 2015 elections, when AAP won a brute majority with 67 seats. Since Modi got only 31 % votes, Kejriwal then thought he can play a major role in garnering the remaining 69 % and hence he wanted to spread across the country. He wanted to form a Mahagatbandhan of opposition parties,” said Gandhi.

Gandhi during the function also apologised to volunteers who had left their jobs for AAP, and said they should now go back to their work. “Today, AAP has lost its direction and only when volunteers quit en masse, we can see some corrective action,” he added.

The AAP has condemned Gandhi, saying he was misleading facts to sell his book. “The founding principles are still intact and Kejriwal is walking a tightrope despite numerous hurdles. Mayank Gandhi was sacked from the party for concealing an FIR against him, and such a person should not talk of principles and morals,” said Priti Sharma Menon, national spokesperson, AAP.

Gandhi was one of the top leaders and face of the party in Maharashtra. He also fought the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Mumbai North West and lost it. However he developed differences with Kejriwal as he started writing blog about the proceedings of the national executive. Ultimately he was sacked in January 2016 on grounds of concealing a FIR.

First Published: Feb 15, 2018 01:08 IST