The rebel camp of Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan today claimed that over 70 Lok Sabha poll candidates who had contested on an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) ticket, including activist Medha Patkar, would be attending the ‘Swaraj Samwad’ meeting called by them next week.
The group has claimed that it has received responses from around 3,591 people. It also said that social activist Medha Patkar, who had resigned from AAP as it was rocked by internal differences, is going to attend the meet.
Yadav and Bhushan have also released a pre-invite for the event that is to be held at IFFCO Chowk at Gurgaon from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. on April 14, saying it involves “restarting” the journey of alternative politics so as to remain true to the “original spirit” of the ‘andolan’ (movement).
The rebel camp claims to have garnered the support of 968 volunteers in Delhi, 661 from Uttar Pradesh, 329 from Bihar, 301 from Haryana and 200 from Maharashtra.
The build-up to the April 14 meet has witnessed a series of allegations and counter-allegations with the dissident camp accusing Arvind Kejriwal loyalists of trying to scuttle the event while the party has issued a veiled warning to those intending to participate in the ‘Swaraj Samwad’.
Bhushan and Yadav were ousted from the party’s top panels last month.