Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) founder members Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav have demanded that today’s National Council meeting be video-recorded and in case of voting, provision for secret ballot be made.
They have also asked a neutral person to conduct the proceedings of the meeting.
AAP’s internal war has come out in open as the dissident duo have challenged party chief Arvind Kejriwal. The party leadership appears all set to throw them out at its crucial National Council meeting today.
Bhushan, Yadav, Ajit Jha and Anand Kumar have written a letter, saying instead of calling a National Executive meeting ahead of the National Council meeting, the party decided the agenda in the Political Affairs Committee.
The letter says that despite repeated attempts, the party also did not furnish the list of the National Council members.
“We would also like to get videography of the meeting done by us. We hope and expect that this will be allowed. However, I have been told that you are planning to ask the members and invitees to the meeting to deposit their cellphones so that nobody can record the proceedings.
The leaders demanded that the “good offices” of the party’s internal Lokpal, Admiral (retd) L Ramdas, should be used for conducting the proceedings of the meeting so that he can name an “appropriate” person to conduct the meet.
“In the light of the fact that there may be contested resolutions that may be brought up in the meeting, we demand that the vote on such contentious issues be done by way of secret ballot, so that each vote can be counted, and that only constitutionally eligible founder members of the NC be allowed to participate in any voting.
“All this needs to be done in order to avoid any unpleasant situation where members of the NC who are dissatisfied by the proceedings of the NC meeting can approach the Election Commission or the courts with regard to these matters.”
“I understand that you have invited the district and state conveners of just four states (UP, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Haryana) for this NC meeting, and no one from the other states. This is totally illogical.
“In fact, according to our constitution, district and state convenors become members of the NC only after they are duly elected by a bottom-up process. This has not happened so far. Therefore, going by the party’s constitution, only the founder members are members of the NC as of now,” the letter added.
Bhushan also alleged that the MLAs have been asked to attend the National Council meeting and bring along their supporters at the meeting.
“I also understand that you have invited all the MLAs of the Delhi assembly to the NC meeting, even though most of them are not members of the NC. You have however not invited even state convenors who have been appointed under the Mission Vistar process.
“All this is totally illogical and irregular. I am also told that you have informed all NC members that they will not be admitted unless they show an email or SMS invite received from you.
“Several members have told me that they have received no such invitation by SMS or email,” the leaders said in the letter.