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  1. Aam Aadmi Party crisis: Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan out of party’s PAC; Arvind Kejriwal’s resignation rejected

Aam Aadmi Party crisis: Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan out of party’s PAC; Arvind Kejriwal’s resignation rejected

Senior AAP leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav were voted out of Political Affairs Committee of the party.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: March 12, 2015 5:19 PM
AAP leader Yogendra Yadav standing outside Bhiwani BJP MP Dharambir's house, on Tuesday in its 'Jai Kisan' protest. March 3, 2015: Express Photo

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Yogendra Yadav standing outside Bhiwani BJP MP Dharambir’s house, on Tuesday in during the ‘Jai Kisan’ protest. March 3, 2015: Express Photo

Senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, who were on a collision course with party Convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, were on Wednesday voted out of Political Affairs Committee of the party, which has been rocked by dissidence in recent days.

In a show-down in the party’s 21-member National Executive (NE), supporters of Kejriwal voted out Yadav and Bhushan by 11 to eight votes. Kejriwal and Mayank Gandhi were not present at the meet.

Yadav and Bhushan’s ouster from PAC came days after the duo had raised red flag against continuation of Kejriwal as National Convener as also questioned his working style, evoking a sharp reaction from Kejriwal supporters who accused Bhushan and his father Shanti Bhushan of wanting to have a “vice-like grip” on all party wings, from PAC to policy committee to NE.

The two leaders left the stormy session after the decision of the Executive. While Yadav maintained that he would continue working as dedicated worker of the party, Bhushan left saying that a majority decision will prevail.

The NE also rejected Arvind Kejriwal’s resignation as National Convenor.

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Later announcing the decisions of NE, AAP leader Kumar Vishwas said Yadav and Bhushan will be given new roles.

“The party has decided to relieve them from the responsibility as members of the PAC. They will be assigned new role and responsibility,” Vishwas said.

He said “personal opinions and personal differences” will not come in the way of the unity of the party, which will deliver on its promises and will not betray the trust of the people.

Ahead of the meet, while Yadav had offered an olive branch to the party’s top brass saying the question of Kejriwal staying as National Convener has never been an issue while Bhushan had said that he was “firm on ethics”.

Both leaders have, in the past few days, had alleged that the three-year-old party has strayed from the core ideals of ‘swaraj’ (self-governance) and transparency that set it apart.

Speaking to reporters after his removal, Yadav said, the party was created with “blood and sweat” of thousands of supporters whose trust should not be betrayed.

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  1. चैतन्य एरंडे
    Mar 5, 2015 at 10:27 pm
    For those who are unfamiliar with true democracy this is good open fights and debates should be encouraged. They should not be secrets. This happens in all parties just that it does not come to the forefront. It is interesting to see that the vote was close 11-8. Wish the congress and BJP had such debates, it is there in the BJP to an extent and this is good as well.
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      harisingh
      Mar 5, 2015 at 8:43 pm
      good fight is going on in aap, what message aap party is giving to delhi ppl those who have voted them to power,i hope ppl have dishearted by this fight,in my views,aap must forget its small issue and work for welfare of voters and should not betra voters,aap must fulfill its 70 promises made during election and must work on unemployment,corruption,bijli,pani,sadak,cleanliness,corrupt mcd,dda and police.may god give wisdom to aap to keep its flocks toether and work for welfare of delhiites,thanks
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        Anindya Chowdhury
        Mar 5, 2015 at 10:12 am
        Big mistake. AAP cannot behave like a run-of-the-mill party. There are dime a dozen of those in every state. Yogendra Yadav is a superb psephologist, AAP needs him to gauge voter sentiment. You cannot treat talented people like that.
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