AAP leaders Shazia Ilmi, Capt Gopinath quit AAP

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Shazia Ilmi, Capt Gopinath quit AAP
New Delhi, May 24: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was in for a rude shock on Saturday when two of its well known members, Shazia Ilmi and Capt Gopinath quit the party.

Ilmi said that there was lack of inner democracy in the party. "Feel sad in saying that I am resigning from AAP. AAP did a lot to change national political discourse, but it lacked inner party democracy," she said.

She added that though the party was against cronisim, there was a crony clique in the party itself. "AAP has made some mistakes," she said.

Clarifying her stand she said: "A whisper campaign was started that I was upset with being fielded from Ghaziabad, that is not true." She said that though she still wished the best for the party, she thought that the party needed to think beyond conducting dharnas and protests.

Ilmi: I was marginalised because I became a voice of dissent in the party

"I was marginalised because I became a voice of dissent in the party," Ilmi said. She said that though she quit the party she would not be joining another party. "If I'm given a relevant role, I am willing to return to the party," she said.

On ticket distribution Imli said: "I raised questions on ticket distribution in the party (AAP) and the roles given to different leaders. I have been raising my voice against party decisions from 5-6 months now," she said.

Meanwhile Capt Gopinath too quit from the AAP stating differences with the party. He said that though he admired Arvind Kejriwal, off late his actions have not been good. He said that the party had lost its focus and vision.

AAP leader Yogendra Yadav said that the party had tried to speak to Ilmi convincing her to remain in the party. Meanwhile on asking about Capt Gopinath, Yadav said: "Didn't know when he had entered the party."

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