Published On : Thu, Nov 12th, 2015

Jolt to AAP: Mayank Gandhi, party’s face in State, quits National Executive post

“Arvind Kejriwal is playing ‘gutter’ politics and is hell bent on destroying the party,” charged the sulking leader.

Nagpur: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) received a severe jolt in Maharashtra when the face of the party in the State, Mayank Gandhi, quit his post in the National Executive — the highest decision making body — on Diwali day citing reason as losing interest in politics. The decision to resign was tweeted by Mayank Gandhi, the face of the AAP since the time of the India Against Corruption (IAC) movement spearheaded by Arvind Kejriwal, now the Chief Minister of Delhi.

In a letter addressed to Convener of Aam Aadmi Party Arvind Kejriwal, Mayank Gandhi said in his blog that he is uncomfortable with politics and losing interest in it. “I am not suited for politics. The National Council meeting will be held on November 24 and I wanted to resign before then. Right now they can look for someone from the State. I joined the IAC in 2011 and am very satisfied with the transformation that has taken place in the country. I think my innings are over and I need to give space to somebody and go back to my spiritual practice,” said Mayank Gandhi.

Notably, Mayank Gandhi recently was in fighting mood over the action taken against a party worker for putting up a site to address grievances. He had also stated in his tweeter a few days ago that the party has to clean the gutter, but it has “overpowered some of us”. The remarks of Gandhi were directly pointed towards Arvind Kejriwal to whom the sulking leader had charged of playing “gutter” politics and is hell bent on destroying the party.  When asked about him continuing in the party despite losing interest in politics, Gandhi said, “I can work as an ordinary worker… I still believe it is the best political party in the country despite its politics.”

In his earlier blog, Mayank had termed Kejriwal as the root cause behind prevailing unrest in the party. Quoting Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan as saying that Kejriwal did not want him (Mayank) to stay in party’s Political Affairs Committee (PAC), stated the leader.