"I am not hungry of being a leader of party in parliament; can quit from the post" Patiala MP tells Kejriwal
After taking a bold stand during Aam Aadmi Party's national council meeting on March 28, member of parliament from Patiala Dr Dharamvira Gandhi shot off a letter to AAP's national convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal stating resentment over burning of his effigies.punjab Updated: Apr 02, 2015 21:37 IST
After taking a bold stand during Aam Aadmi Party's national council meeting on March 28, member of parliament from Patiala Dr Dharamvira Gandhi shot off a letter to AAP's national convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal stating resentment over burning of his effigies.
Gandhi has not only shown resentment and anguish over burning of his effigies across the state, but also talked of leaving the post of a leader of party in parliament, if compelled to do so. He has been facing ire from bunch of AAP volunteers for his blatant and bold stand supporting Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan.
Gandhi objected and condemned AAP and Kejriwal for sacking Yadav and Bhushan, who raised questions against intra-party democracy, in a national council meeting on March 28.
"I am not hungry of being a leader of party in parliament; and can quit from the post," Gandhi said in the letter sent to Kejriwal on Friday.
"If compelled to vacate the post of leader of parliament, I would do leave the post for others in near future," he added.
Having chosen to remain silent since the national council meet, Gandhi resented burning of his effigies at behest of some Punjab leaders, which is likely not without the consent of some AAP's central leadership.
Gandhi requested Kejriwal to take stringent action against those in the party, who are involved in the effigy burning incidents and for running vicious campaign against him.
"By doing so they are not only insulting the individual, but also insulting elected representative of people and democratic institution. All this is being done because I raised my voiced on March 28 demanding intra-party democracy," he said.
Patiala MP Gandhi remained firm stand on his stand for intra-party democracy. He even cleared his stand by mentioning it the same in the letter.
"Raising voice for intra-party democracy is not only my right, but duty as well for the overall interest of the party. I did this because I feel that no party can develop ideologically, organizationally and philosophically without allowing intra-party democracy and respecting senior leaders of party," he asserted.
Gadnhi said that what he observed in the March 28 meet hurt him badly and hence, he voiced his concern about it."Moreover if party is uncomfortable over my stand on intra party democracy or other issues, it is the party's prerogative to decide on it," Gandhi added.
'Not leaving AAP'
Gandhi also asserted that he would never quit the party and keep on saying things that he feels are in interest of the party and people.
"I will never quit AAP, as it is product of lakhs of volunteers and represents aspiration of people of India," Gandhi wrote in his letter.
"I am not in habit of running away from responsibilities. I never run from my duties as doctor and a social servant, nor would run from parliamentarian responsibilities and would continue to work with utmost devotion and dedication in my five year long term".
First Published: Apr 02, 2015 21:32 IST