Senior Congress Leader AK Walia Quits Party Ahead of MCD Polls

Walia quit alleging irregularities in ticket distribution for the upcoming MCD polls on Saturday.

Senior Congress leader Dr AK Walia quit the party on Monday alleging irregularities in ticket distribution for the upcoming MCD polls.

Walia, who served as a state minister in the Sheila Dikshit government, was unhappy over party cancelling the ticket given to a woman candidate, and replacing her with another candidate for the 23 April MCD elections, according to sources.

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Several other Congress leaders have alleged irregularities in ticket distribution with former Deputy Speaker and three-time MLA Amrish Singh Gautam also quitting party on Monday and joining the BJP.

“I am pained. I have worked tirelessly for the party for years and now no one listens to me,” NDTV quoted Walia as saying. “Every time a new committee was formed, they interviewed us like class 8 students. What is my use if they are unable to understand me,” Walia said, adding, “I will now sit at home and work and will look for other ways to serve Delhi.”

Walia, who runs a nursing home in Laxmi Nagar, enjoys great support in East Delhi.