Vinod Kumar Binny reaches over Arvind Kejriwal, complains to Anna Hazare

Written by Express news service | Ralegan Siddhi, New Delhi | Updated: Jan 20 2014, 19:01pm hrs
Vinod Kumar BinnyVinod Kumar Binny travelled to Ralegan Siddhi to complain against Arvind Kejriwal and held a closed-door meeting with Anna Hazare.
The dispute between AAPs disgruntled legislator Vinod Kumar Binny and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal reached the doors of Anna Hazare in Ralegan Siddhi on Sunday, with the Laxmi Nagar MLA appraising Hazare of the situation in Delhi.

Meanwhile in Delhi, the party formed a five-member committee to look into Binnys indiscipline. We have constituted a five-member committee, headed by National Executive member Pankaj Gupta, to look into the charges against Vinod Kumar Binny, Sanjay Singh, member of AAPs political affairs committee (PAC), said.

Binny had held a press conference on January 16, calling Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal a dictator, and claiming that the party had veered away from its original promises. In response, the AAP issued Binny a showcause notice for breach of Section 6(a) (relating to conduct) of the partys constitution.

On Sunday morning, Binny travelled to Ralegan Siddhi and held a closed-door meeting with Hazare, which lasted nearly half an hour. After the meeting he told reporters, I spoke to Annaji about recent developments in Delhi. I told him that the Delhi government was straying from the promises it had made before the elections. I also told him about the misleading decisions the government had taken regarding power and water issues. They have also failed to keep their promise regarding the Lokayukta Act.

Binny went on to allege that the AAP government was ignoring genuine issues raised by the people. People know that I am not crazy for power. In mein attitude aa gaya hai (AAP has become arrogant). That is the precise reason nobody from the party went to meet Anna after the Delhi government was formed, Binny said.

Responding to queries regarding the visit, Hazare said he had promised Binny that he would look into the issue. He told me about the grievance he has with the party leadership. I will speak to the AAP leaders and see what can be done, Hazare said.

With the Lok Sabha elections just months away, the AAP government in Delhi has also formed a seven-member committee to look into the partys economic policy. The committee includes environmental economist Aseem Srivastava, AAP leaders Atishi Marlena and Dilip Pandey, analyst Laveesh Bhandari, former RBS CEO Meera Sanyal, member of the AAP PAC Prithvi Reddy and former corporate executive Sanjiv Aga.

LS list not finalised yet, party seeks few more days

AAP leaders on Sunday said they would take three to four more days to declare the first list of candidates for the Lok Sabha polls. The party had originally said that the list would be released by January 20. We have discussed a few names, and are close to deciding on some of them. However, the process will take some more time, as we can afford no mistakes in something of such importance, Sanjay Singh, member of the PAC, said.