New Delhi: In a setback to the AAP ahead of the crucial MCD polls, its MLA Ved Parkash on Monday resigned from the party and the Delhi assembly to join the BJP, alleging the Arvind Kejriwal government has "failed" to deliver on poll promises.
The move is seen as a shot in the arm for the BJP as elections to the three municipal corporations of Delhi (MCDs) are scheduled to be held on 23 April.
Ved Parkash, who represented Bawana in the assembly, alleged that the MLAs who talk of development are "suppressed" by the party's top leadership.
He joined the BJP at its Delhi unit office in the presence of Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari and state party incharge Shyam Jaju. Later, accompanied by leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta, he submitted his resignation at the Assembly Speaker's office.
Ved Parkash claimed there are 30-35 AAP MLAs who are not happy with the party's leadership, indicating that an unrest has been brewing within the Aam Aadmi Party.
He said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is not "concerned" about what is happening at ground level and instead, he only focuses on how to "defame" Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government.
He said that the AAP government is "being run through laptop" and that there is no connect with the ground reality.
"I had joined the AAP with a hope that there will be some change, but I am disillusioned...I have neither quit under duress nor will I take any post in the BJP and will abide by the decisions taken by the party leadership. I have been influenced by the BJP's recent decision to make a priest (Adityanath Yogi) the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. Modiji is a saint and with this hope, I have joined the BJP," he told a press conference at the Delhi BJP office.
Delhi BJP chief Tiwari said that the people of Delhi have now understood how they were "cheated" by the Aam Aadmi Party.
"Corruption has not been brought down in Delhi. There is corruption in every department in government. People are unhappy with the government's performance. Every person is feeling cheated. They (AAP) have failed to deliver on promises made in the run-up to assembly elections. What is about promises like Wi-Fi, CCTVs and women safety," he said.
Ved Parkash resignation has brought down the AAP's tally to 65 in the 70-member Delhi Legislative Assembly.
There are also four rebel MLAs — Devinder Sehrawat, Pankaj Pushkar and former ministers Sandeep Kumar and Asim Ahmed Khan.
The political development comes days after BJP President Amit Shah gave a call to "uproot" the Aam Aadmi Party from Delhi at the party's booth in-charge convention.
Reacting to the resignation, a senior AAP leader said, "The party ticket for the MCD polls were given after consulting Ved Parkash. There could be a disagreement over one seat, but we did not expect him to quit."
Ved Parkash, who also resigned all government-run bodies, alleged that the issues of Dalit are being "ignored" by the AAP government.
He alleged that AAP ministers do not pick up calls from legislators, adding that no work has been done by the government in his constituency.
He also took a dig at deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia's ambitious project to send the government's principals abroad for training skills.
"In my constituency, there is a shortage of 30 percent of teachers in a government school and they (AAP) talk of sending teachers abroad. Also, SC/ST fund has been lying unspent," he said.
"I am leaving the party with a heavy heart after I saw no hope in the AAP. I am quitting to protect my identity," he added.
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Updated Date: Mar 27, 2017 16:15:20 IST