NAVI MUMBAI (TIP): The AAP’s state convener Anjali Damania quit the party on June 5 morning, but retracted her resignation in the evening after it convinced her to do so. Her leaked resignation letter exposes disorder within the party. Coming after anchor-turned-activist Shazia Ilmi and Air Deccan founder Capt G R Gopinath’s resignation, Damania’s exit would have been a third body blow to the fledgling political outfit. She stayed on after extracting three promises from the state executive committee.
“Party leaders did not allow me to submit my resignation.We held a meeting in Santa Cruz where it was agreed that some members of the committee who are not good for the outfit will have to make way for others. Secondly, committee meetings will be open to all volunteers who wish to attend. Thirdly, we will restart the weekly meetings we held before so that volunteers are aware of everything that goes on,” she said.
Since morning, when Damania dropped the ‘R’ bomb, senior AAP members were in talks with her to convince her not to leave. She wrote in her resignation letter, “With a heavy heart I am ending my association with AAP… I have never and will never compromise my values.” Earlier in the day, AAP’s national executive member Mayank Gandhi said, “We have promised to undertake restructuring within the party so that our main focus remains fighting corruption in India. As convener, she (was bogged down in administrative work).”