Now, only woman in AAP national executive quits

Christina Samy is AAP‘s Tamil Nadu state convener and has been a women’s rights activist for the last 30 years.
NEW DELHIThe only woman member of AAP’s 18-member national executive, Christina Samy, resigned on Wednesdayaccusing the party of betraying its founding principles and ignoring the volunteer’s voice. Samy is AAP’s Tamil Nadu state convener and has been a women’s rights activist for the last 30 years. Incidentally, she had voted in favour of party rebel members Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan in the March 4 national executive meeting.

In her resignation letter, Samy said, “I am resigning from my post in the national executive committee as I feel volunteers have been betrayed. AAP has lost trust in its own founding principles and the constitution and system of Lokpal. It has shattered the hopes and dreams of millions of common people.”

Samy is the fifth person to exit the original 21-member national executive. Besides Bhushan and Yadav, academicians Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha were also ousted in the March 28 national council meeting.

While speaking of the party’s agenda to tackle corruption and criminality, Samy said, “Unfortunately, all I am left with today is an uncertainty, I doubt if AAP still holds the same strengths and whether its integrity is still intact. If Mr Prashant Bhushan and Mr Yogendra Yadav’s claims are false, why was the system we ourselves created, the internal Lokpal, not implemented?”

She added, “Initially, AAP consistently went back to the people for decisions but today, we have turned a deaf ear to the voice of volunteers, our people. In the course of recent events, these volunteers had remained impartial and were objective when appealing to the national executive committee only to find the integrity that was built, nurtured and promised to them, now gone.”

Samy is hardly likely to be the last person who is shown the door. Yadav and Bhushan, who were unceremoniously ousted from the national executive, have described this as a “Stalinist purge” expecting further reprisals. Earlier, Medha Patkar had given her resignation expressing concern at the manner in which Bhushan and Yadav were asked to leave.