Yogendra Yadav resigns from CSDS after forming political outfit


Three days after he announced formation of a new political party, Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav on Wednesday resigned from the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS).

Yadav, who was serving as a CSDS faculty member, was on an extra ordinary leave until March 2017.

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“I would like to be relieved with effect from 3rd of October 2016. As you know, activists from all over the country came together on October 2 and formed a political party, Swaraj India. I have been asked to serve as the first President of this party.

“This responsibility requires undivided attention and commitment from me. I am finally doing what I always wanted to do with my life. It is only fair, therefore, that I free myself of any other competing commitment,” Yadav said in his resignation letter.

Yadav along with another expelled AAP member and renowned Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan had launched Swaraj India as their new political party on 2 October.

They had declared that their new party will contest Delhi civic polls but will skip Punjab election scheduled next year.


Swaraj Abhiyan, an organisation, formed by the duo after their expulsion from the AAP in April last year, had said that the outfit will continue to exist as a separate entity, giving people who don’t wish to participate in electoral politics an alternative platform. Bhushan will head the organisation.

Abhiyan has been campaigning on varied issues, ranging from agrarian crisis to corruption.

(With PTI inputs)