‘Attempts being made to remove Kejriwal’
02 March 2015, Nirapad News: Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will meet on Wednesday for a decision that could presage the first big split in its leadership.
Sources say the party is likely to decide whether to remove founder members Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan from its top decision-making body.
Yadav and Bhushan, who are members of AAP’s Political Affairs Committee (PAC), are expected to be laid off by the party days after they criticized the party’s functioning and called for a restructuring.
‘We have not offered to resign. We are not hungry for a post in the party,’ Bhushan told NDTV Monday morning.
As the rift in AAP played out in a series of letters from both sides, Yogendra Yadav tweeted, ‘Let petty politics not come in the way of our greater purpose’.
A new note kept the crisis on the boil for a party that had till last month basked in its historic election victory in Delhi.
The note is a detailed rebuttal to a letter by AAP’s Delhi secretary Dilip Pandey, which has accused Yadav, Prashant Bhushan and Shanti Bhushan of ‘acting in concert towards a singular aim of weakening the party and then replacing Kejriwal with Yadav as party head’.
Without addressing that allegation directly, the note denies that Yadav ever blamed Kejriwal for the party’s disastrous debut in the May national election. It also says Yadav and Bhushan never interfered in the party chief’s decisions.