Ajay Kothiyal, AAP’s CM candidate in 2022 U’khand assembly polls, quits party

New Delhi: Colonel Ajay Kothiyal (retd), who was the Aam Aadmi Party’s chief ministerial candidate in the 2022 Uttarakhand Assembly elections on Wednesday (May 18, 2022) resigned from the Arvind Kejriwal-led party. The former army officer posted a soft copy of his resignation letter on Twitter.

“I have been a member of the Aam Aadmi Party from April 19, 2021, to May 18, 2022. Keeping the feelings of ex-soldiers, ex para-military personnel, the elders, women, youths and the intellectuals, I am sending you my resignation on May 18,” he said in his letter addressed to AAP convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

The AAP, notably, had suffered a rout at the hustings with Kothiyal losing his deposit from the Gangotri assembly seat.

Kothiyal is said to have been unhappy with the way he was being treated by the party after the debacle in the assembly polls held in February this year. As per reports, he was also not invited to a party meeting held in New Delhi recently to analyse its performance in Uttarakhand.

Announcing the name of Kothiyal for his party’s chief ministerial candidate in August last year, Kejriwal had then said the decision to pick the former army officer as the party’s CM face was based on the feedback received from people of the state.

The AAP had fielded its candidates for all the 70 seats in the state elections, but could not open its account.

(With agency inputs)

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