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Ex-IPS Sharma quits AAP, vows to expose Kejriwal

Ending his two-month association with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the former IPS officer, Ranbir Sharma, quit the fledgling political party on a bitter note.

punjab Updated: Mar 16, 2014 20:35 IST
Vishal Joshi

Ending his two-month association with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the former IPS officer, Ranbir Sharma, quit the fledgling political party on a bitter note.


After announcing his resignation from the party on Sunday, Sharma told Hindustan Times that he would contest from Kurukshetra and "expose the wrongdoings" of AAP's national convener Arvind Kejriwal.

"I have a decade-old association with Kejriwal but I am deeply hurt to find how he and his party were befooling the people in the name of clean politics. There is no internal democracy and only those who maintain cordial relations with Kejriwal and his team were preferred over common activists," said Sharma, who had joined AAP on January 12 in Chandigarh after quitting his service.

The ex-IPS officer, who is the son-in-law of veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader from Karnal ID Swami, said that he would contest against Kejriwal from wherever he contests in the forthcoming polls.

Sharma said that he wanted to work AAP's USP 'swaraj' (self governance), but the concept was actually missing in the party. "Kejriwal says he wants to promote decentralisation in the party, but the party lacks transparency completely. In Haryana, the ticket allocation process for Lok Sabha was an eyewash and people were handpicked by the central leaders arbitrarily," he said.

Sharma said that though applications were invited from the common workers who wanted to contest elections, but tickets were given only to well-connected and affluent individuals.

Sharma clarified that he had never applied for a ticket but had to take decision to contest polls to show the shallowness of Kejriwal.

"I am fully convinced that Kejriwal's every activity is choreographed. He dresses to look like a common man and indulge in gimmicks to gain publicity. He has hurt the emotions of people, including mine, who took AAP and Kejriwal as a potential political alternative," said Sharma.