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Another key aide of Kejriwal quits party
By Resmi Sivaram August 23, 2018
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NEW DELHI: Yet another young leader has left Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), dealing a blow to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Ashish Khetan, vice-chairman of the Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC), an advisory body of the Delhi government, said he is quitting to pursue his legal education further.

Kejriwal heads the DDC, which had been inactive because of hurdles created by the Lieutenant Governor in the past.

“I had resigned from DDC in April, to join the legal profession. That is all. Not interested in rumours,” Khaitan tweeted.

“I am completely focused on my legal practice and not involved in active politics at the moment. Rest is all extrapolation,” he said in another tweet.

AAP sources said he will soon proceed to the US for higher studies in law.

His exit comes a week after another leader, Ashutosh, announced his exit from the party, citing personal reasons. Khetan had sent his resignation to AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal on Aug.15, the day Ashutosh announced his resignation, party sources said. Kejriwal hasn’t accepted either of the resignations.

In the case of Ashutosh, the AAP chief had said in public he will never accept in his lifetime.

“How can we ever accept your resignation? Nah, not in this lifetime,” Kejriwal had tweeted.

Ashutosh had tweeted his resignation letter: “Every journey has an end. My association with AAP which was beautiful/revolutionary has also an end.I have resigned from the PARTY/requested PAC to accept the same. It is purely from a very very personal reason.Thanks to party/all of them who supported me Throughout. Thanks.” Both the leaders, former journalists, were not considered for a Lok Sabha ticket in 2019. However, Khetan dismissed any link to that, tweeting a newspaper clipping that cites the reason for his exit as the denial of a Lok Sabha ticket from the New Delhi constituency. “It’s an extrapolation,” he tweeted.

Khetan had contested the Lok Sabha elections in 2014 from the New Delhi constituency and had lost to BJP’s Meenakshi Lekhi.

Ashutosh, on the other hand, had contested from the Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha constituency for AAP and had come in third.

Kejriwal gave the Rajya Sabha tickets to businessman Sushil Gupta and chartered accountant ND Gupta last year.

Ashutosh and Khetan were close aides of Kejriwal.

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