As the warring factions engaged in a no-holds-barred attack on each other levelling variety of allegations, a new audio tape surfaced in which Kejriwal purportedly using expletives against Bhushan and Yadav during a conversation with a volunteer.
A full-blown war broke out in AAP today with dissidents Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav daring the leadership which appears all set to throw them out at its crucial National Council meeting tomorrow.Sources said Kejriwal’s camp was likely to move a resolution at the meeting to remove the two dissident leaders from the party for allegedly conspiring to replace Kejriwal from AAP convenor’s post.As the warring factions engaged in a no-holds-barred attack on each other levelling variety of allegations, a new audio tape surfaced in which Kejriwal purportedly using expletives against Bhushan and Yadav during a conversation with a volunteer.
He was also heard threatening to float a new party in the tape which was described by AAP as another conspiracy to malign Kejriwal.People close to Bhushan and Yadav said both the leaders were shocked to hear the tape and realised that there was no point in continuing with the talks as Kejriwal had already decided to dump them from the party.Asked about Kejriwal camp’s efforts to remove them from the party, Bhushan and Yadav said it will not be easy to throw them from the party.”They can remove us from the National Executive but not from the party. If we have to be removed from the party, the matter has to be referred to the Lokpal or the discplinary committee,” Bhushan said.
Yadav said he and Bhushan had sent a note to the party leadership on March 17 mentioning that they were ready to step down from all posts if their five demands are met.”We had sent a note to the party placing our demands which is now being shown as our resignation letter. Whereas it was a conditional letter to resign. We had said if our five demands are met, we will resign from all party posts,” Yadav said.The two leaders said they were repeatedly being pressured to resign during the reconciliation talks and clarified that they never raised the issue of the post of party convenorship during the talks.”Why is it that if we raise any question, our intent is questioned?” Yadav asked, adding their fight is not for personal gains but to restore AAP’s founding principles.Yadav also alleged that the party Constitution has been removed from AAP’s official website.Bhushan slammed Kejriwal for allegedly trying to poach Congress MLAs to form government in Delhi last year.”The National Executive had rejected a proposal to form government taking support of Congress. Despite that, Kejriwal sent a letter to Lt Governor asking him not to dissolve the assembly,” he said.He identified two “fatal shortcomings” of Kejriwal that he said will potentially damage the party in the long run.”He wants his decisions to be final. He cannot work with people who have differing voices and stand up to him. He thinks his intentions are right but means should be clean as well. That is not enough, means matter a lot,” Bhushan said.
He quoted Kejriwal as saying that he cannot be part of any institution where his writ does not run.The duo said there was no internal democracy in the AAP and continuous efforts are being made to defame them ahead of the meeting of National Council.Yadav said there must be an internal probe by the party Lokpal into seizure of liquor allegedly from a godown of a party candidate ahead of the Delhi elections and receiving of Rs 2 crore as donations.They also released a letter written to party national secretary Pankaj Gupta listing issues to be discussed at tomorrow’s National Council meeting.Bhushan also demanded that all the party meetings should be videographed to ensure transparency.(PTI)Live Updates:16:40 IST Friday, 27 March 2015Ashish Khetan launches a scathing attack on Bhushan and Yadav. He says that the two were trying to sabotage the party at a time they were fighting an existential battle in Delhi. Giving rationale for excluding both out of PAC, AAP leaders say that they were involved in anti party activity.AAP leaders accuse that both the warring faction brokered peace but the dissidents again decided to become hostile. Ashsish Khetan says that Prashant Bhushan is now raising bogey of the sting which he himself refuted earlier. Kejriwal faction again accuse that real motive of the dissidents is to replace Arvind Kejriwal as the national convener, a charge which has been fervently denied by Bhushan and Yadav. 16:30 IST Friday, 27 March 2015Hours after Bhushan and Yadav held a press conference in which they slammed the party chief, Kejriwal’s loyalists Sanjay Singh, Ashutosh and Ashish Khaitan too addressed the media lauching a shrill counter-attack and claimed that the reconciliation talks were on track till 4 PM yesterday.”The talks were on track. But suddenly something happened and they said they will no longer continue the negotiations. They must tell the country what happened,” Khaitan said.The war of words came a day ahead of the party’s National Executive, which is expected to take call on continuance of the two dissident leaders. However, many party leaders feel that it will be difficult for the Kejriwal supporters to remove them given the support enjoyed by Yadav and provisions in the party constitution.Hours after Bhushan and Yadav held a press conference in which they slammed the party chief, Kejriwal’s loyalists Sanjay Singh, Ashutosh and Ashish Khaitan too addressed the media lauching a shrill counter-attack and claimed that the reconciliation talks were on track till 4 PM yesterday.”The talks were on track. But suddenly something happened and they said they will no longer continue the negotiations. They must tell the country what happened,” Khaitan said.16:10 IST Friday, 27 March 2015Now Kejriwal faction is addressing a counter press conference. Sanjay Singh, Ashutosh and Ashish Khetan have effectively countered all the charges made by Bhushan and Yadav. Sanjay Singh says they are trying their best to keep the party united. He says Yogendra Yadav wanted his own members to be part of National Executive, hence he was insisting on closed ballot. 14:14 IST Friday, 27 March 2015Yogendra Yadav says a lie has been spread that he wants to be the National Convener. He alleges that calls were made to leaders of National Executive asking them to support Yadav. According to volunteer, the calls were being made from mobile number 9990009830 which is in the name of Pawan Sharma, who is the administrator of WhatsApp group of Delhi AAP MLAs. AAP leader Anand Kumar reiterates what was said by two of the dissident leaders. He says Arvind Kejriwal is currently silent and they have to talk to him via press conferences. 14:00 IST Friday, 27 March 2015Bhushan says Arvind Kejriwal has lot of good qualities but listening to dissenting voices is not one of them. Bhushan says that Kejriwal believed that the party will be finished if they lose Delhi, hence was desperate to get back to power. But Bhushan says that means should be more important than the goal. Bhushan says that if there 5 demands are met, they are willing to resign from all the executive positions. Bhushan says that AAP lied about their resignation. Bhushan says He also urges AAP MLA’s not to come to the meeting. 13:49 IST Friday, 27 March 2015Prashant Bhushan is now addressing the press. He says that Arvind’s close aides have asked them to quit the party. Those leaders said that Delhi CM is unwilling to work with Bhushan and Yadav any more. Recalling past events, Bhushan alleges that Arvind Kejriwal wanted to form government with Congress even though AAP PAC was against it. Bhushan alleges that Kejriwal wanted to overule other leaders to form government in Delhi. He says that even when the issue was pending in the court, letter was sent to LG saying the party is mulling to form government in Delhi. 13:43 IST Friday, 27 March 2015Yogendra Yadav rejects the notion that they had resigned from the party. He says that they only sent a letter which mentioned the term ‘conditional resignation’ in the letter which has been wrongly interpreted. He says that question of removal of Arvind Kejriwal as National Convener has never been uttered by them. He says the question is to see whether AAP becomes an alternate polarity in India’s political climate or is reduced to merely a regional force. 13:33 IST Friday, 27 March 2015Yogendra Yadav is now addressing the press conference. He says AAP is no ordinary party but events of last one month has hurt the morale of workers. He says AAP is the only party where issue of internal democracy is being discussed. Yadav says fight is to keep the spirit of protest alive in AAP. Yogendra Yadav says the main issue is to ensure ‘Swaraj’ which the party has advocated for in political system should be ensured within its own organisation. He says that they have only raised legitimate questions where doubts were raised about the party. 12:29 IST Friday, 27 March 2015Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Kumar Vishwas on Friday called on senior party leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav to leave the party ‘gracefully’ if nothing was working out.
“If nothing is working then you (Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav) should depart gracefully,” he told ANI.
Vishwas added that there were some forces behind the rift in the party, which is showing no signs of abating yet. “Personal jealousy and frustration is there. But there are also some forces for the rift within the AAP,” he said. Meanwhile, BJP leader Shazia Ilmi said that it was “unfortunate” that excuses were being made and the impression given that Yadav and Bhushan were against the party.Kumar Vishwas had earlier accused Yadav of being ‘two-faced’, claiming the latter’s statements would vary depending on his audience, with different remarks made before the party and the media. He also linked the calls for Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s removal from the post of the AAP’s national convener after Prashant Bhushan raised his objections. Yadav, however, rubbished Vishwas’ allegations, asking the latter to furnish proof for his ‘ridiculous claims’ that he, along with Prashant Bhushan, insisted on Kejriwal’s removal.
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