Now, Aam Aadmi Party sacks Dharamvira Gandhi, replaces him with Arvind Kejriwal loyalist

By: | Updated: April 21, 2015 9:43 PM

Continuing to take action against dissidents in the party, Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today removed Dharamvira Gandhi as...

A villager protesting during the inauguration of Dwarka water treatment plant by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal with Dy CM and Finance Minister Manish Sisodia -Express Photo by Gajendra yadavA villager seen protesting during the inauguration of Dwarka water treatment plant by Delhi CM and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal. (Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

Continuing to take action against dissidents in the party, Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today removed Dharamvira Gandhi as its parliamentary party leader and replaced him Bhagwant Mann – a Kejriwal loyalist.

The decision came hours after expulsion of Prashant Bhushan, Yogendra Yadav, Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha from the party late night.

Gandhi, who had trounced Preneet Kaur in Patiala constituency in Lok Sabha polls last year, had been highly critical of the party leadership in the way Bhushan and Yadav had been removed from party’s top echelons. He had even walked out from the AAP’s National Council meeting on March 28 in protest and had sent his message to Swaraj Samvad Convention on April 14, organised by the rebel camp.

Defending the party’s move of removing Gandhi from the post, AAP leader Ashutosh said that the decision was taken by party’s top decision-making body and it should be respected.

Aam Aadmi Party, aap party, aap news, Dharamvira Gandhi, Dharamvira Gandhi aap, arvind kejriwal, arvind kejriwal rebels, nation newsDelhi CM and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal with Dy CM and Finance Minister Manish Sisodia during the inauguration of the Dwarka water treatment plant. (Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

Attacking Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, Mann said that the two leaders had been sacked for carrying out anti-party activities.

“I have raised maximum questions, participated in maximum debates and raised concerns about the various bills in the House. If the party wants to give me more responsibilities, then I am ready to shoulder them,” Mann said.

Mann, an MP from Sangrur in Punjab, had openly came in out in support of Kejriwal when the party was experiencing a bitter war between the two camps. The comedian-turned politician is popular among the youngsters. He was the most sought after campaigner in Delhi Assembly polls after Arvind Kejriwal, party sources said.

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