AAP’s Ashish Khetan quits party


New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Ashish Khetan’s posts on social media today uncorked another crisis for Arvind Kejriwal’s party within a week of Ashutosh’s exit. In the posts, Ashish Khetan said he is “not involved in active politics” and had taken the decision after questioning himself for two years.

Ashish Khetan sent his resignation to Kejriwal on August 15 Independence Day as per source. Ashutosh resigned the same day citing a “very, very personal reason”.

A Facebook post had a detailed explanation. “For the past two years, I have been plagued with self-doubt and the question of whether I wanted to continue in electoral politics. Early this year I made my decision to quit active politics after much deliberation and in consultation with family and close friends,” said he said, adding that he waited for an “opportune time” to formalize his decision.

He added that his “personal decision” to move away from the party and electoral politics should not be viewed as a reflection on AAP.

Ashish Khetan, an investigative journalist, joined AAP in 2014 and contested the national election from the New Delhi constituency in the capital but lost to the BJP’s Meenakshi Lekhi.