The Telegraph
Saturday , May 24 , 2014
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…So does Shazia Ilmi, saying 'crony clique' runs the party

New Delhi, May 24 (PTI): Shazia Ilmi, one of the founder members of the Aam Aadmi Party, on Saturday resigned from all party posts citing lack of “inner-party democracy”.

Disapproving of “jail politics” of AAP, Ilmi also claimed that a “crony clique” around its chief Arvind Kejriwal is calling the shots in the party.

”After much thought and deliberation I have decided to give up my membership of AAP and resign from all positions within the party,” she told reporters at a press conference.

Ilmi, however, clarified that she is not joining any other party.

”My decision to leave the party is triggered by the lack of inner-party democracy, especially from a party that constantly talks of Swaraj (self rule),” she said.

Attacking some AAP leaders who are considered close to Kejriwal, she said, “We fight against cronyism but we have a crony clique which runs the party and takes impulsive decisions which we learn about later. I find it amazing that we cannot follow the principles of Swaraj within our own party.”

”When a brilliant person like Arvind who espoused the concept of Swaraj…is unable to follow it personally within the party, then doesn't it become incumbent to point out the same,” she added.