#AAPWar: Read Medha Patkar’s Resignation Letter to Kejriwal

Full text of Medha Patkar’s resignation letter to Arvind Kejriwal.

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(Courtesy: Medha Patkar’s Facebook Page)

Social activist Medha Patkar announced her resignation from the Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday, condemning the “insult and unfair treatment” meted out to founder members Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan.

In her resignation letter, Patkar calls Yadav and Bhushan’s expulsion “questionable and condemnable”. AAP’s success in the Delhi elections seem to be “serving a limited purpose in the context of expectations from an alternative politics”, she writes.

To
Shri Arvind Kejriwal
Convenor, Aam Aadmi Party,
New Delhi

Dear Arvindji,

Having witnessed the happenings within the party over quite some time and especially, the process & incidents during yesterday’s, I am quite disappointed, as are many others.

I felt sad about the way party leadership is dealing with the serious concerns expressed by Shri Prashant Bhushanji and Yogendra Yadavji.

Inspite of their contribution over years towards building the party and its credibility across the country, the way they were treated and also expelled from the party’s National Executive, probably along with Shri Anand Kumar and Prof. Ajit Jha is certainly not justifiable but rather questionable and condemnable.

AAP certainly needed a mechanism to deal with such issues, why even conflicts; as also to accommodate and have a serious dialogue with so many senior volunteers and supporters of the party.

The scenario in many states, exhibiting inconsistency with the decisions at the centre also seemed to be creating a lack of certainty as well as confusion amongst the cadres and decision makers, time and again, was also a result of lack of communication.

With no serious programmatic agenda during the period before and after or with no elections in certain regions/states was a situation of highly committed volunteers being left without guidance. Having neglected this, success of the party in the Delhi elections, no doubt glaring, as also other achievements appear to be serving a limited purpose in the context of expectations from an alternative politics. It was due to similar reasons that I had not accepted any position on any committee of AAP while after what we witnessed till decided to resign from the party’s membership.

With regards

Yours Sincerely,
Medha Patkar

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