Days after Bawana MLA Ved Parkash quit the AAP, another party legislator aired his dissatisfaction today, cautioning Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal against “sycophants”.
In a series of tweets, AAP’s Janakpuri MLA Rajesh Rishi quoted couplets saying a regime nears its end if one relies on sycophants and tagged Kejriwal. Rishi later deleted the tweets.
The development left the ruling AAP embarrassed as it is in the middle of preparations to contest its first civic polls in Delhi on April 23 after the disappointing performance in Punjab and Goa.
The party tried to control the damage, claiming that everything is fine between the leadership and the MLA.
Despite repeated attempts, the Jankapuri MLA could not be contacted. His office said, Rishi has been away since morning.
He later said that he wasn’t quitting the party.
“I am with the party since the India Against Corruption days and will not quit the AAP or join any other party,” he was quoted by NDTV.
Party sources indicated that ticket distribution in the MCD polls could be the reason behind Rishi’s outburst.
AAP’s Bawana MLA had quit the party early this week, launching on attack on the Delhi government. He was also learnt to have been upset with the party over ticket distribution. AAP has 65 MLAs in the 70-member Assembly.
Rishi was in news after his brother was arrested for assaulting a women last month.
Interestingly, the party had fielded Rishi, along with other Poorvanchali MLAs, to take on Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari when note ban was announced.