Rebel Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Yogendra Yadav, who has been served a show-cause notice for allegedly working to ensure the party’s defeat in the Delhi Assembly elections, today called the notice a “joke” and claimed there was no reference to the charges of anti-party activities against him.
Yadav said the AAP leadership ran a propaganda with these charges and even termed him and Prashant Bhushan as “traitor” and demanded an apology for running a “malicious campaign”.
He also termed the show-cause notice, issued to him, Bhushan, Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha, as a “joke”. The rebel camp is expected to respond to the notice by tomorrow.
“The show-cause notice does not even have a reference of what I have done to defeat the party in the elections. The notice does not even have any accusation against me of conspiring to replace Arvind Kejriwal as the party convener.
“These two points were being used against me for the last two months by the party in its propaganda against us. Attempts were being made to instigate the volunteers and to project us a traitors.
“And today when the time of probe arrived all the allegations have vanished. Where did the allegations go using which we were termed traitors in the National Council. If these allegations were lies then who will apologise?” Yadav said in a statement.
He also questioned how the media knew the details of the show-cause notice before he received it and accused members of the disciplinary committee of “leaking” it.
Yogendra Yadav wondered as to how the national disciplinary committee took the step without keeping its Chairman Dinesh Waghela in the loop.
He claimed that in a telephonic conversation Waghela, who was “not in Delhi”, had told him that the panel is yet to take up the matter.
“Last evening I had spoked to Mr Waghela, the Chair of Disciplinary Committee. He said he was not in Delhi and had no idea of a possible show-cause notice to us except from TV news! As yet, nothing has been referred to him, he said,” Yadav said in a social media post. Yadav said Wagehla had promised him to look into this “violation of elementary principle of justice”.
Yadav also sought to underline the irony of being served the notice for “leaking” sensitive information to the media, saying that he was apprised of the notice by the media itself.
“By 10 PM, the media already knew the contents of all the four letters. Could anyone other than a committee member have leaked it?” he asked.
“By 8 PM, media told us that the notice has finally been issued and was being hand delivered. I did not believe it, till we learnt that Prof. Anand Kumar’s notice was delivered at his home. Who is keeping the media informed at every stage, I wonder,” Yadav said.
Inching closer to the final swoop on dissidents, AAP had yesterday served show-cause notices to four senior leaders Yadav, Prashant Bhushan, Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha, who were earlier expelled from the party echelons.
Yadav also heaped scorn on members of the disciplinary committee, including Ashish Khetan and Pankaj Gupta, asking “ever heard of complainants and witnesses themselves becoming judges?”.
“The Committee that has served the notice and will decide the matter includes Pankaj Gupta who had signed a written public statement accusing Prashant Bhushan and me of anti-party activities, the charge he is going to investigate now.
“The Committee also includes Ashish Khaitan who had last month made derogatory remarks against Prashant Bhushan and his family (which he had to apologise for and delete) and was the key source of ‘evidence’ of Prashant Bhushan’s anti-party activities during Delhi elections. He has liberally cursed both of us on TV,” he charged.
Yadav demanded that the members recuse themselves from examining their case and the party reviews the show-cause notice. “Will the committee look into its own leaks before it sits down to examine someone else’s? Or will the joke continue? Or should I call it a farce?” Yadav said.