Aiming to “restart” the journey of alternative politics, the rebel faction of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led by Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan has started mobilising volunteers for its upcoming ‘Swaraj Samwad’ Dialogue, prompting a section of the party to issue a veiled warning saying attending it would be considered “indiscipline”.
The Yadav-Bhushan camp is using social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter to publicise the Dialogue scheduled on Ambedkar Jayanti. However, it maintained that they did not want to create “unnecessary hype”.
“What is your assessment of where the movement stands today? What should be the future direction of our movement? How should we proceed after 14th April?” reads the Facebook page of the initiative.
The group has also released a pre-invite for the event that would be held at IFFCO Chowk at Gurgaon from 10 am to 5 pm, saying it involves “restarting” the journey of alternative politics so as to remain true to the “original spirit” of the ‘andolan’ (movement).
The ‘pre-invite’ entails answering questions such as “is the party safe in the hands of the current leadership” or should it try to recover from “wrong hands”.
“Should it make a fresh beginning? What should be the future direction of our movement? How should we proceed after 14th April?” it asks.
The document says that the movement that started “four years ago” faces many paths today including the belief that this “decline” is temporary and will be corrected soon.
“But what if the recent trends continue and we go from bad to worse?” it questions.
“There is another path of minor course correction, involving repair from within. But is that option available to us today? The third path leads away from politics altogether, into non-political movements and action. But is this not abdication of our historic responsibility?” it says in line with Yadav and Bhushan’s recent statements where they have ruled out quitting politics.