Peeved at its senior leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan’s criticism of AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal’s approach, the party in New Delhi on Monday hinted at acting tough against the duo in the national executive meet on Wednesday.
The party’s official stand became clear a day after a joint letter by Yadav and Bhushan was leaked to the media which questioned the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) “one person-centric” approach and criticised it on various fronts. “The attempts were being made to remove Kejriwal as the national convener of the party,” AAP leader Sanjay Singh said, obliquely referring to Yadav and Bhushan at a press conference.
Talking about the letters being written by members to party authorities, some of whom are with the media, Singh said the party would discuss the recent turn of events, including the leakage of letters in its national executive meeting. “The continuous leakage of letters written by party members has made the party look like a joke,” he said.
Asked whether the duo would be sacked from the Political Affairs Committee (PAC), the highest decision making body of the AAP, Singh said: “I have only announced the date for the meeting. Have I announced the decisions that will be taken there?”
AAP founding members Yadav and Bhushan, who have been raising the issue of “one man, one post” and the party becoming “person-centric”, might be asked to step down from their posts in the PAC or assume non-active roles, party sources said. Sources said the party won’t ask them to leave but if they chose to do so, they won’t be stopped.
Party lokpal Admiral L. Ramdas, in a letter which was leaked to the media, had pointed to two camps emerging within the top leadership and had asked the AAP to reconsider the ‘one man, one post’ arrangement. Efforts were on to contain the differences among the party members with former journalist and party member Ashutosh tweeting that the developments were just a “clash of ideas”.
Yogendra Yadav has slammed reports about the crisis in the party. “Voters in Delhi have given us a huge mandate and this is the time to work more with a large heart,” Yadav tweeted. “The country has placed a lot of hope with us. And I can only appeal that we should not lower that expectation with our petty issues. I pray that better sense prevails on us,” the tweet added. (IANS)