Ahead of Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) national executive meet, breaking his silence over the simmering crisis within the party, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today indicated that he was extremely upset, but would not be sidetracked from his stated primary objective of delivering on his development agenda for the public.
The AAP has been in the news over the last few days over its internal Lokpal report as well as reports that both Yogendra Yadav and eminent lawyer Prashant Bhushan had tried to unseat Arvind Kejriwal from the position of the chief of the Aam Aadmi Party.
“Deeply hurt and pained by what is going on in the party; this is a betrayal of trust that Delhi posed in us,” says AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal.
“I refuse to be drawn into this “ugly” battle. Will concentrate on Delhi’s governance,” Arvind Kejriwal added.
I am deeply hurt and pained by what is going on in the party. This is betrayal of trust that Delhi posed in us(1/2)
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) March 3, 2015
I refuse to be drawn in this ugly battle.Will concentrate only on Delhi’s governance.जनता के भरोसे को किसी भी हालत में टूटने नहीं दूंगा(2/2) — Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) March 3, 2015
AAP has convened a meeting of its national executive tomorrow to decide on all issues, including the latest controversy over differences in the party.
Meanwhile, following an interview by Bhushan to a TV channel, Ashish Khetan, a key member of the AAP’s Delhi unit, accused party patron Shanti Bhushan and his son and daughter — Prashant and Shalini — of wanting to control all the wings of the party.
“Those who are floating the ridiculous one man party theory wanted to make AAP one family party,” Khetan said on twitter.
“Father son daughter trio of Shanti Prashant & Shalini (sic) wanted to have a vice-like grip on all party wings, from PAC to policy committee to National Executive,” he further said.
The tweet was immediately retweeted by senior AAP leaders close to Kejriwal.
Another party leader and its Delhi convener, Ashutosh, said that Prashant Bhushan should have raised the issue of “personality cult” at the national executive meeting tomorrow instead of airing it publicly.
“Prashant ji should have raised issue of personality cult in NE, to be held tomorrow instead in media. NE should have discussed/taken a call.
NE is highest decision making body/is empowered to decide on any issue/can direct anyone accordingly. Best forum to discuss/decide,” Ashutosh tweeted.