New Delhi: Days after journalist-turned-politician Ashutosh quit the Aam Aadmi Party, party leader Ashish Khetan said he is “not involved in active politics” and had taken the decision after questioning himself for two years.
Taking a dig at AAP, rebel AAP leader Kapil Mishra said, “On August 15 it was Ashutosh, on Eid it is Ashish Khetan, we are still left with Janmashtmi, Navratri, Diwali & Dussehra.”
Ashish Khetan sent his resignation to Kejriwal on August 15 Independence Day, the Press Trust of India quoted sources as saying. Ashutosh resigned the same day citing a “very, very personal reason”.
On Twitter, the 46-year-old left room for speculation by suggesting “extrapolation” and “rumours”.
“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,” read his Facebook post.
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.