1. After AAP sacks Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan, Medha Patkar quits, slams Arvind Kejriwal

After AAP sacks Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan, Medha Patkar quits, slams Arvind Kejriwal

Stating that the AAP has reduced itself to a 'tamasha', Medha Patkar resigned after the ouster of founding members Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan...

By: | Mumbai | Updated: March 29, 2015 8:32 AM
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Medha Patkar quits Aam Aadmi Party after shocking reports emerged of violence breaking out in the party meet between factions controlled by Arvind Kejriwal on one hand and Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan on the other. (Social activist Medha Patkar seen here protesting against the Land Acquisition Bill in Moradabad. PTI)

Stating that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has reduced itself to a “tamasha”, after the ouster of founding members Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan from a key panel of the fledgling outfit, veteran social activist Medha Patkar on Saturday resigned from the party.

“What happened at the AAP meeting in Delhi today is unfortunate,” Patkar told reporters in Mumbai after announcing she was leaving the party, which notched up an unprecedented victory in Delhi Assembly polls just last month.

“Political principles are being trampled upon in the party,” said the veteran activist, who has been a key figure in the Arvind Kejriwal-led outfit.

“I condemn what happened with Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav,” Patkar said, adding AAP has become a ‘tamasha’.

Earlier in the day, Bhushan and Yadav were removed from AAP’s National Executive for anti-party activities, a decision slammed as “murder of democracy” by them.

Amid chaos and high drama, a resolution to remove the two dissident leaders along with their supporters Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha from the powerful panel was passed at a National Council meeting.

Announcing her decision to quit the party at a media conference at her office in Mumbai, Patkar said, “We have seen such kind of drama in other political parties, but didn’t expect this in AAP.

“Prashant Bhushan, Yogendra Yadav and Anand Kumar are people who contributed to the image and manifesto of the party. I don’t know if they ever acted against the party.”

“I was expecting that there will be a solution and, if somebody is making a critical remark, there will be a decision only after discussion. But the image that has come in front of us, we condemn that. Dirty linen must not be washed in public,” she added.

Patkar said that Bhushan and Yadav were among those who had contributed to the party and claimed that they were not part of any lobby or group and the charges against them were false.

She said there were no complaints about Arvind Kejriwal and his team and people had given him the mandate and “he should continue his work”.

As to her resignation, Patkar said, “I took the opinion of conveners in all the states… I never took any position in AAP because I sensed something was not good. So, I quit the party.”

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    SR
    Mar 28, 2015 at 8:17 pm
    The incidents today exposes that Aravind Kejrival doesn't have any leadership qualities to take along all people in the party! Opposed views and dissents are there in all parties and AAP cannot be an exception. Leadership is all about winning senior party leaders' trust and respect, but Kejrival seems unfit to lead a party. A man who cannot lead his own men in his party cannot be good enough to run a government either. The voters have trusted and voted an incompetent person to power and one will see that Delhi and her people are going to be the victims of their own poor judgement of a man whom they believed to be a superman to bring a big change to governance!
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      uni
      Mar 28, 2015 at 8:02 pm
      Implosion of AAP due to the ego and arrogance of AK and his coterie is a sad moment for India. So much hope was vested in this fledgling party. I wasted hard earned money by donating on a whim. Now 80% of the good people have left or disagreed with the approach and are on their way out. RIP AAP due to the adamance and immaturity of AK alone.
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        uni
        Mar 29, 2015 at 7:37 pm
        Resignation drama and running away from meetings every time so that others can do the dirty work is not a good sign of a leader. Adamance as an agitator is great but a great flaw within the party. YY, PB, Ramdas.... all the independent conscience keepers have been removed and now only left is the coterie and the Bhakts. This is not new style of politics. RIP AAP. Kindly return my donation so that I can put it to better use.
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