New Delhi: Engulfed in major controversy that might very well void the basis of Aam Aadmi Party’s(AAP) debut political campaign(read anti-corruption), AAP leader Shazia Ilmi has offered that she won’t contest the Delhi assembly elections till her name is cleared by the party.
“I hereby offer to resign and not contest elections. I don’t want my party’s image to be sullied. Our party has gained significant momentum and I don’t want some shoddy sting to harm it. Unless my name is cleared, I will not contest elections,” Ilmi was quoted as saying in the TV show, in presence of senior AAP leader Yogendra Yadav.
“Dear Shazia Ilmi , Your offer to resign has been accepted.
Yours Aam Aadmi,” a Twitter user reacted.
The sting operation, conducted by Media Sarkar, alleged that several leaders of AAP, who were contacted for their help in recovery of money from individuals and getting land deals done, readily agreed to extend their support in return of donations in cash to AAP.
Besides Ilmi and senior party leader Kumar Vishwas, AAP candidates from Kondli (Manoj Kumar), Sangam Vihar (Dinesh Mohaniya), Okhla (Irfan Ullah Khan), Rohtas Nagar (Mukesh Hooda), Deoli (Prakash) and Palam (Bhawna Gaur) are seen in the video.
It also accuses party convenor and Delhi CM candidate Arvind Kejriwal of selling one of the constituency seats for a staggering amount of Rs. 2 crore.
“Even non supporters of #AAP felt like heartbreak after sting of Shazia Ilmi n Kr Vishvas. Never thought Anna movement Will end Up like this,” another person expressed his disillusionment on Twitter.
So, have Ilmi and others left their party running for cover?
A former TV journalist, Ilmi is the richest AAP candidate in fray with declared assets worth Rs 31.79 crore.
A known face who unofficial doubles up as face of the fledgling outfit on TV debates, she has been in news for not always the right reasons.
We present a recap of how her brief political innings has unfolded over time..