The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) suffered a setback when its National Executive member Ashok Agarwal quit the party today, saying it was promoting the interests of the elite rather than the common man as its name suggested.
Mr Agarwal told reporters here that he had been invited by AAP leaders Arvind Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan to join the party's national executive in November 2012.
He said he had agreed to join the party, impressed by its stated objectives of working for the welfare of the common man.
But, according to him, the party now appeared to be working for the interests of the elite, going particularly by the way in which it had distributed tickets for the coming Lok Sabha elections.
"The party has converted itself into one for the elite. I can't go along with this," he said.
Mr Agarwal said the party was being run on the whims and fancies of a few people and controlled entirely by a small group.
Mr Agarwal was among those who had applied for a Lok Sabha ticket from the Chandni Chowk constituency in Delhi and had even appeared for an interview in this regard. He said the party was giving tickets to people who "parachute" in suddenly. "The entire purpose for which the party has been set up has been frustrated," he said.