Truce in Aam Admi Party may only be temporary
NEW DELHI: The truce hammered out in the Aam Admi Party (AAP) on Wednesday night may only be temporary given the background of the rift and the manner in which Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav were eased out from the Political Affairs Committee.
As details of the National Executive meeting trickle out, it is becoming increasingly clear that AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, before leaving for Bengaluru for naturopathy treatment, had made it abundantly clear to party leaders that he would step down as convenor if Mr. Yadav and Mr. Bhushan, remained in the PAC.
At another level, AAP convenor from Maharashtra, Mayank Gandhi, took serious exception to the way in which the two founder members of the party were thrown out of the PAC. He said in a blog post titled, `Note to Volunteers’ that the National Executive meeting was called because Mr. Kejriwal had made it clear that he could not work with Mr. Yadav and Mr. Bhushan “On 26th Feb night when members of the NE went to meet him, Arvind conveyed that he will not be able to work as convenor if these two members were part of the PAC”, he said.
The AAP leader said Mr. Yadav and Mr. Prashant Bhushan had offered to keep out of the PAC. In fact, they had suggested re-constituting or, in the alternative, offered to stay out of its meetings.
“I was taken aback by the resolution removing them publicly, especially as they themselves were willing to leave”, he said. Mr. Yadav, however, declined to comment on the contents of the blog which implied the two leaders were sacked by Kejriwal loyalists.
Not all leaders supported Kejriwal
He further said that “the meeting broke for some time and Manish (Sisodia) and others conferred with the Delhi team of Ashish Khetan, Ashutosh (Chaturvedi), Dilip Pandey and others. After reassembling, Manish proposed a resolution that Yadav and Bhushan be removed from the PAC and it was seconded by Sanjay Singh”, Mr. Gandhi wrote in his blog.
What lends a twist to the story is the fact that the entire National Executive was not on the same page as Mr. Kejriwal over the issue of ousting the two leaders. As many as eight members of the executive voted to keep them in while 11 wanted to oust them. At the same time, they rejected Mr. Kejriwal’s resignation as AAP convenor.
Meanwhile, Mr. Kejriwal arrived in Bengaluru along with his parents. He is expected to consult a naturopathy expert for treatment of persistent cough and high blood sugar levels which remained above 300 for more than ten days.