Ashutosh Says AAP Used His Surname Despite His Protest In 2014 Polls

Ashutosh, a former journalist, quit the AAP on August 15, citing personal reasons

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Ashutosh Says AAP Used His Surname Despite His Protest In 2014 Polls

Ashutosh claimed he was told later his caste would win him votes


New Delhi: 

Highlights

  1. Ashutosh said he had never used his last name
  2. He quit the AAP on August 15 citing personal reasons
  3. His tweet came after AAP's clarification over Atishi Marlena's last name

Former Aam Aadmi Party leader Ashutosh alleged today that he had been forced to mention his last name, even though he never used one, by the party when he was fighting the 2014 national election from a constituency in Delhi.

Ashutosh, a former journalist, quit the AAP on August 15, citing personal reasons.

His tweet this morning appeared to be in response to the report that AAP leader Atishi Marlena, who is likely to contest the 2019 general election, has been forced to drop her last name over rumours that she was being projected as a Christian though she isn't.

"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," posted Ashutosh, who uses a single name.

He added that he was told later his caste would win him votes. Ashutosh lost the contest from Chandni Chowk against the BJP's Harsh Vardhan and Congress's Kapil Sibal.

As his tweet was highlighted by the media, Ashutosh posted a clarification two hours later, saying it would be "wrong" to interpret his words as an attack on AAP.

Yesterday, the AAP denied reports that it had forced Atishi Marlena to drop her last name because it was "Christian-sounding".

Atishi Marlena is likely to be AAP's candidate from the east Delhi constituency in the national polls.

Atishi's last name is no more in posters, banners, hoardings and poll pamphlets.

Her Twitter handle has changed from @Atishimarlena to @AtishAAP. Her name has been amended on the AAP website. "The BJP started spreading rumours about Atishi even though she is from a Punjabi Rajput family," said an AAP leader.



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