AAP remains in turmoil after exit of Yadav, Bhushan from PAC

HYDERABAD: In a fresh round of trouble for the Aam Admi Party, its leader from Maharashtra Mayank Gandhi on Saturday accused what he called “a small group of party-decision makers of targeting him for denouncing the National Executive’s decision to remove Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav from the Political Affairs Committee (PAC) earlier this week. He said in a blog that the attacks were aimed at forcing him to quit.

He came out in the open after fellow AAP leader from Maharashtra Anjali Damania demanded his ouster for claiming that it was Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who had insisted on the ouster of the duo from the PAC. She said that Mr. Gandhi had himself offered to move the motion against the two but refrained from voting and later blogged against the party.

Mr. Gandhi said in his blog that a systematic attempt was being made to portray him as “anti-party” and “anti-AK” (Arvind Kejriwal). Similar attempts were made to humiliate and remove Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav but they did not allow these attempts to fructify by preferring to be ousted instead of quitting on their own.

“A price may have to be paid. A small group of party decision makers in Delhi have already removed me from the informal BBM group. Attacks have begun against me from Ashish Khetan and other others”, Mr. Gandhi said.

Mayank Gandhi receives flak from Khetan

This was apparently in response to a tweet by Mr. Khetan that some people gave television interviews all through the day and wrote blogs while others worked to create history.  Mr. Gandhi said in an apparent reply, “more will come and I will be finally humiliated so much that I will quit…. Let me see if I can withstand the muck that will be thrown at me”.

Sounding a warning that he would be going ahead with his plans to seek the support of as many AAP volunteers as possible to strengthen the party and the principles that it has espoused, Mr. Gandhi said the blogs were an exhortation to party volunteers, supporters and donors, not to disengage or become negative, but to engage more with the party and force the leaders to build AAP into a party of their dreams.

Maintaining that thousands from all over the world were waiting – some crying, some sleepless and most worried, over what was happening within the rank and file of the AAP, Gandhi said his blogs were not against any individual but a campaign to restore principles of transparency, participation, accountability and freedom from arrogance, projected and promoted in the recent past by Arvind Kejriwal.

“I am hoping that the minutes of the 4th March NE meeting are published soon. In my blog, I have given some glimpses of the happenings in the NE meeting, but the complete minutes should be in the public domain” Mr. Gandhi added.

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