Senior Aam Aadmi Party leader Ashutosh announced his resignation from the party citing a ‘very very personal’ reason. While thanking all the party members for the ‘beautiful journey’, Ashutosh announced his decision on his Twitter and asked the party leadership to accept his decision. He also requested the media to respect his privacy and urged them to refrain from asking questions.
A former journalist who served as the Managing Editor of IBN 7, Ashutosh joined the party in 2014. He had also contested the 2014 Lok Sabha polls where he lost to BJP’s Harsh Vardhan.
Meanwhile, the party has refused to accept his resignation. Many senior leaders took to Twitter to urge him to roll back his decision.
But it was the party chief Kejriwal who seemed heartbroken. He said he “won’t accept his resignation in this lifetime”
Kejriwal then said how much his party loved Ashutosh (of course, with a supporting photograph)
Many AAP supporters also joined the cause:
This is what we expect from you @ashutosh83B come back to your Family …We love you to the core
— Ankita Shah (@Ankita_Shah8) August 15, 2018
Jane nahi denge tujhe…
— Charanjeet Singh (@CharanjeetAAP) August 15, 2018
आम आदमी पार्टी की ताकत आम आदमी हैं…@ashutosh83B आपको नहीं जाने देंगे।
— Amit Mishra (@Amitjanhit) August 15, 2018
But ex-AAP members and the Opposition leaders had different things to say:
Kumar Vishwas congratulated his ‘sacrifice’
हर प्रतिभासम्पन्न साथी की षड्यंत्रपूर्वक निर्मम राजनैतिक हत्या के बाद एक आत्ममुग्ध असुरक्षित बौने और उसके सत्ता-पालित, 2G धन लाभित चिंटुओं को एक और “आत्मसमर्पित-क़ुरबानी” मुबारक हो ! इतिहास शिशुपाल की गालियाँ गिन रहा है आज़ादी मुबारक
— Dr Kumar Vishvas (@DrKumarVishwas) August 15, 2018
While BJP’s Khemchand Sharma said Ashutosh got ‘independence from Kejriwal’s slavery’:
Hope, Now you will start sharing constructive and positive thoughts. pic.twitter.com/xYF52ap26A
— khemchand sharma (@SharmaKhemchand) August 15, 2018