Miffed at not being given a ticket to contest the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) election on, an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) worker attempted self- immolation on Saturday.
Surendra Sethi of Mongolpuri in outer Delhi reached MLA Rakhi Birla's office where he had an argument with her on the issue. He then came out and poured petrol on himself.
Just as he had set himself on fire, people caught hold of him, extinguished the flames and rushed him to the Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital. He is said to be out of danger now.
Sethi told media persons, "I have been working for AAP for four years now. I have devoted my time, energy and money for the party. I sought a ticket from Mongolpuri's ward number 54. I learnt there are in total 13 claimants for a ticket from AAP for the ward. I respect the hard work of all these people."
"But eventually, AAP chose a man who is a rank outsider. Nobody knows his name here and he has never even organised a langar (community kitchen) in Mongolpuri as opposed to the kind of social work we have done," Sethi added.
He said when he went to discuss the issue with Birla, she dismissed the issue. Also when he asked her what he should do now, "commit suicide?" she answered, "It is not my concern." Angry, he tried to do the same.
Birla's office did not respond to queries regarding the incident.
BJP, Congress and AAP are dealing with the issue of disgruntled workers who have been denied tickets for the April-23 MCD polls. A prominent face of Congress from Malviya Nagar, Neelam Gulati, also reportedly quit the party Saturday and joined Shiv Sena.