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AAP founding member Shazia Ilmi quits party; blames lack of "inner party democracy"

Saturday, 24 May 2014 - 1:52pm IST | Agency: dna webdesk

Even as Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal laguishes in Tihar jail, prominent party leader Shazia Ilmi resigns from the political group. 

Ending speculation on her tenure, she announced, "After much thought and deliberation I have decided to give up my membership of AAP and resign from all positions within the party." The journalist turned politician also added that she had no plans to join another political party. 

Blaming the lack of internal party organisation, she said, "AAP did a lot to change national political discourse, but it lacked inner party democracy."

"I feel the party is not moving in a good direction, I see no hope. I hope my departure makes them introspect," she added.

On Arvind Kejriwal, she said, "I still have the greatest of respect for Arvind and the numerous volunteers. Srvind is a brilliant person who espoused the concept of Swaraj, but he's unable to follow it within the party."

"I was consistently sidelined in the party," she complaint.

"Dharnas and demonstrations were helpful earlier on, but now they are not," she explains. "It is not enough to just name corporates and politicians," she said. "I find it amazing that we cannot follow principles of swaraj in our own party," she adds.

However, she did If I'm given a relevant role, I am willing to return to the party

Another AAP leader GR Gopinath, who pioneered low-cost air travel in India, also quit the party today citing growing differences within the party leadership and criticised Arvind Kejriwal for "shoot and scoot" politics. Read more on that here

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Reacting to the news AAP leader Yogendra Yadav, said, "Saddened by Shazia ji's resignation, tried to persuade her to stay but sadly we couldn't convince her."

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