NEW DELHI — Aam Aadmi Party leader Anjali Damania has quit AAP following allegations against party chief Arvind Kejriwal accusing him of dividing senior Congress leadership to secure support last year. Damania tweeted out a video on Wednesday afternoon where Kejriwal has been accused by an ex-AAP member Rajesh Garg of following divisive politics in order to secure support from Congress leaders last year before the Delhi Vidhan Sabha split up.
Damania, who was part of the India Against Corruption movement headed by Anna Hazare, was made convener of AAP's Maharashtra unit soon after the party was formed.
I quit.. Ihave not come into Aap for this nonsense. I believed him.. I backed Arvind for principles not Horse-trading http://t.co/lxMaBkwxeO— Anjali Damania (@anjali_damania) March 11, 2015
The video is a television interview of Garg, who has claimed that Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, Sanjay Singh, and others urged him to get support from Congress leaders like Haroon Yusuf, Arvinder Singh Lovely, etc. by encouraging them to leave the Congress party.
In the video, Garg, who was previously an AAP candidate from Delhi's Rohini area, has played a voice recording of a phone conversation with Kejriwal. It appears that Kejriwal is asking him to get six Congress leaders to exit the party.
"They can't go to BJP anyway, since three of them are Muslims," says a voice that Garg says is Kejriwal's. "So tell them to separate from Congress and then give us support from outside."
Garg has claimed that this phone conversation was among one of the many that he had with Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, and others before the Delhi Legislative Assembly split up.
While Garg left AAP last year after writing an open letter to Kejriwal, raising questions on the internal democracy of the party and accusing him of promoting the "rich and corrupt", Damania has quit once before, only to withdraw her resignation within hours.