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Ashutosh says AAP used his surname to garner votes in LS polls despite his protest

8/29/2018

New Delhi, Amid the on-going fuss over Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Atishi Marlena dropping her surname, former party leader Ashutosh on Wednesday revealed that during 2014 Lok Sabha polls he was introduced to party workers with his surname despite his opposition.He had unsuccessfully contested from the Chandni Chowk LS seat as a AAP candidate. Taking to Micro blogging site, Twitter, Mr Ashutosh said, "In 23 years of my journalism, no one asked my caste, surname. Was known by my name. But as I was introduced to party workers as Lok Sabha candidate in 2014 my surname was promptly mentioned despite my protest. Without naming any party leader, the former AAP leader claimed that on this matter he was later told that how could he win the elections without using the surname. At the same time, he clarified that he was not a part of the anti-AAP brigade. “I am no longer with AAP, not constrained by party discipline and free to express my views. It will be wrong to attribute my words as attack on AAP. It will be gross manipulation of media freedom. Spare me. I not member of anti-AAP brigade,” he asserted. On August 15, Ashutosh had resigned from the party citing personal reasons.

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