Diamond businessman Mahesh Savani quits Aam Aadmi Party
Patidar leader Mahesh Savani resigned from the party, saying he does not want to associate with any political party.
Ruining all hopes of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) becoming an alternative to both the BJP and the Congress in Gujarat, Patidar leader Mahesh Savani resigned from the party, saying he does not want to associate with any political party.
Assembly polls are due in Gujarat by end-2022.
Savani, a 52-year-old Surat-based businessman and philanthropist, said he quit as he was unable to focus on his business and social service activities due to his political commitments.
Savani, who is into diamond and real estate businesses, is known for adopting orphan girls of all faiths and arranging their lavish mass weddings.
Savani who led an indefinite fast for five days had collapsed during the fast and had to be hospitalised in December 2021. The fast was in support of 93 AAP members, including 10 students, who were sent to Sabarmati Central Prison for protesting outside the BJP headquarters in Ahmedabad against the question paper leak in government recruitment examinations.
Meanwhile, Vijay Suvada, a popular folk singer too resigned from the AAP membership on Sunday. He joined the ruling BJP in the presence of its state unit chief CR Paatil in Gandhinagar a day later, saying he has "returned home".
Suvada said he needs a party with strong organisation like the BJP to serve the people well.
Both Suvada and Savani had joined Arvind Kejriwal's party in June last year. Manish Sisodia, the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi had come to Surat to induct Savani in AAP.