New Delhi: There is less than six months left in the Delhi Assembly Election, but in Delhi, the ruling Aam Aadmi Party’s clan is steadily decreasing. The AAP, which won 67 of the 70 assembly seats in Delhi in 2015, currently has around 60 MLAs. During the last six months, half a dozen legislators have left the party. Among them, Alka Lamba (Chandni Chowk seat) and Kapil Mishra (Wazirabad seat) are big names. At a glance, apart from the leaders and MLAs Alka Lamba, well-known faces like Ashish Khaitan, Ashutosh, Kapil Mishra, Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan, Shazia Ilmi have split from the party. Many of them have split up after forming the government in Delhi. Right there MLA Pankaj Pushkar and AAP senior leader Kumar Vishwas are rebel. Kulmilkar, who was outspoken in the 2015 assembly elections, will remain absent in the upcoming Delhi Assembly Elections-2020.
If someone went to BJP, someone held the Congress ‘hand’
Most of the leaders and MLAs who have split from the Aam Aadmi Party have shown the sense in stopping the Bharatiya Janata Party in view of the upcoming assembly elections, while some have even joined the Congress. For example, Alka Lamba, who recently resigned from the primary membership of the AAP, joined the Congress.
Four years ago, the female face Shazia had said goodbye to the party four years ago, Shazia Ilmi resigned from the party alleging lack of internal democracy in the AAP. She left the party before the 2015 Delhi Assembly elections. In 2014, she contested the Lok Sabha elections from Ghaziabad on an AAP ticket, but after that, she quit AAP and joined BJP.
Yogendra-Prashant was fired after the party won the assembly elections in Delhi itself in 2015. AAP two big faces Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan were expelled from the party. Both raised the internal democracy issue in the party. Well, after public rhetoric both were thrown out of the party.
Some said bye-bye to politics, one formed a separate party, Yogendra Yadav, once called Chanakya of Aam Aadmi Party, was expelled only a few months after forming the government in Delhi, while senior leaders like Anand Kumar After separating from the party, he said goodbye to politics. On the other hand, after separating from Arvind Kejriwal, Yogendra Yadav formed a political party called Swaraj India.
Kiran Bedi also missed out: During the Anna movement Kiran Bedi was once an ally of Arvind Kejriwal, but before the 2015 elections, they had such a difference that they declared to be with Anna. Then he joined BJP.
Shanti Bhushan, the father of Prashant Bhushan and senior advocate of the Supreme Court, gave a sum of Rs 1 crore at the time of the establishment of the AAP. He was soon disillusioned with the party and parted ways with the Aam Aadmi Party.
Missing big faces, of course, big leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party should not accept this truth, but the truth is that there has been a big difference between the AAP of 2015 and AAP of 2019. Talking about big faces, if Manish leaves Sisodia out of the drain, then Arvind Kejriwal is almost alone in the party.