‘Ignored’ Mallika Sarabhai not to contest LS poll

‘No one from AAP has ever contacted me,’ Mallika said.

When asked if she would contest as an Independent candidate if AAP denies her a ticket, Mallika replied in the negative. ‘No, I will not contest as an independent and I don't want to contest at all,’ she said.

Mallika, who was earlier associated with anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare’s Jan Lokpal movement, joined AAP on 8 January.

Soon after joining the party she criticised AAP leader Kumar Vishwas and asked the party leadership to spell out its stand on Vishwas’ comments on Narendra Modi.

Mallika said she did not complain to Kejriwal about not being contacted. ‘I have not spoken to Arvind Kejriwal,’ she said.

An AAP worker, when contacted, said Mallika was kept out of Kejriwal’s recent ‘fact finding’ tour of Gujarat.

‘Kejriwal just had a brief meeting with Mallika Sarabhai at a book-release event which lasted for maximum two minutes,’ he said on condition of anonymity.

However, AAP state convener Sukhdev Patel dismissed the issue saying, ‘A party worker is never invited...He or she should get involved pro-actively,’ he said.

Mallika, however, clarified that she will continue to be with AAP and wants the party to succeed in polls.
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