A day after Sucha Singh Chhotepur was removed as the AAP’s Punjab convener, expelled leader Yogendra Yadav today took a caustic jibe at the party’s top leadership, saying it has transitioned from being “use and throw” to “use and destroy”.
AAP rebel MLA Pankaj Pushkar, who accompanied Yadav, accused the Delhi government of “gagging” free speech inside the Assembly.
“The party has made major strides from use and throw to use and destroy,” Yadav said at a press conference when asked to react on the removal of Chhotepur on charges of alleged acceptance of bribe from a ticket aspirant.
Referring to Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia’s demand for a comparative CAG study of publicity expenses by Delhi and other states, he asked, “Is he suggesting that the CAG is a tool of the ruling BJP? Is he advising the CAG on how it should go about its work?”
Pushkar alleged, “Freedom of speech is being gagged in the House. I would not leave the party as it is a tool born out of the India against Corruption Movement. I am answerable to that movement and the people of Timarpur.”
The Timarpur legislator, who has been opposing the party’s position on several issues, also alleged that he was not being given the chance to even use the press room in the House premises.
Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, who were among the founding members of AAP, were expelled from the party over allegations of anti-party activities last year.