Leaders of Congress, whose 15-year unbroken stint in Delhi was brought to an end by AAP, went hammer and tongs against Kejriwal after a rebellion in that party led to removal of AAP’s founding members Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav from its the National Executive.
Party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi alleged that absolute power has made Aam Aadmi Party “immoral” and its true character is now visible to the people.
“Power corrupts & abs power(in Delhi) corrupts aap proven tday.Cn ustand power making u indisciplined bt v Hv seen it making aap immoral also.
“Kejriwal’s abusive utterances demean him &Aap bt also cheapen the political class & reflect true uninspiring chaal Charitra & chehra of aap,” he said on Twitter.
Kejriwal’s abusive utterances demean him &Aap bt also cheapen the political class & reflect true uninspiring chaal Charitra & chehra of aap.
— Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) March 28, 2015
He also asked AAP to set its house in order and deliver on its promises to people of Delhi. “First AAP should set its house in order and start delivering in Delhi. That is our concern, Delhi citizens’ concern and Delhi community’s concern. And this kind of laundering goes on in open spectacle every day… then I think Delhi is the biggest sufferer,” he said, adding that the allegations and counter allegations by rival factions in Aam Aadmi Party are “extremely serious”. Senior spokesperson and AICC general secretary Shakeel Ahmed, who is in-charge of Delhi affairs of the party, took a dig at the AAP chief saying “Kejriwal is totally justified for taking the help of “bouncers”, his present physical condition doesn’t permit to take on a lot of people.” He further said, “Silence of Kejriwal is a clear indication to the other faction of AAP that ‘Go to Hell’ and let me rule with the help of my MLAs.” In another tweet, Ahmed said,”Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan are openly calling Mr Kejriwal &his associates,liars.”
Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan are openly calling Mr Kejriwal&his associates,liars. — Shakeel Ahmad (@Ahmad_Shakeel) March 26, 2015
Another party spokesperson Sanjay Jha said, “I understand that AAP is an experiment. But right now it so happens that the laboratory is on fire. That’s all.” Delhi PCC Chief Ajay Maken said AAP was busy fighting while Delhi people were struggling with their issues. In other tweets, he said, “CM-Kejriwal:’Record anything corrupt happening around on your mobile’ NOW National Council-No Mobile allowed #AAPKaSting Power Hungry Party.
“#AAPKaSting Power Hungry Party coning into existence on Lokpal demand- asks it internal Lokpal not to come for the crucial meeting!.”
Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam said, “Voters of Delhi are feeling cheated due to internal strife in AAP. They have been duped by Kejriwal & Company.”
The reactions came on a day when a bitter campaign against Arvind Kejriwal led by dissident AAP founding members Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav led to their removal from its National Executive for anti-party activities
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 the National Council.
After the meeting, Yadav and Bhushan accused Kejriwal of using unfair means including bringing goons at the meeting who allegedly beat up a number of National Council members opposed to the resolution and alleged that lt was a “murder of democracy”.
Congress leader Digvijay Singh alleged Kejriwal would ultimately “drive out all liberal democratic secular leaders” from AAP.
Recalling a popular Hindi saying in Congress circles to denote the functioning style of late Congress President Sitaram Kesri, Singh said “Na Khaata, Na bahi; Jo Kejriwal Kahe Wahi Sahi (There is no account or ledger, whatever Kerjiwal says alone is correct.”
“Didn’t I correctly predict Kejriwal’s functioning?” said Singh who had been frequently attacking Kejriwal over a number of issues in the past.
“He would ultimately drive out all liberal democratic secular leaders from AAP. Mark my words,” Singh said.