Three letters released in the media are showing growing dissent among the senior leaders of the party
GN Bureau | March 2, 2015
The internal rift in the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which recently formed its government in Delhi after winning 67 out of 70 assembly seats, is widening further.
While, the chain of letters being released in media reports is showing growing dissent among the party senior leaders, party itself confirmed the internal rift saying attempts were being made to remove Arvind Kejriwal as the national convenor. Addressing a press conference, party spokeperson Sanjay Singh on Monday said, “People in the party have made a joke of us.”
While two of these letters, one written by Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav jointly and by Bhushan alone, are critical of the functioning of the party, the third letter by Delhi state secretary of the party Dilip Pandey is another showcase of the rift in the party.
On one hand Prashant Bhushan has alleged the party for running one-person-centric approach in the Delhi election campaign, the letter by Pandey is accusing Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav for weakening the party internally.
However, in reply to the media reports about the rift in the party, Yogendra Yadav on his Monday tweet said that such stories are imaginary and one must not indulge in small acts after a big victory.
“It is the time to work after the big victory. The country has a lot of expectations from us. I can expect that from our small acts, we should not let this ray of hope become small,” Yadav shared on Facebook as well as Twitter.
“…one person-centric campaign, which was run during Delhi elections, is making our party look more and more like other conventional parties that are also one-person centric. The only difference being that we still claim that we are wedded to the principles of ‘swaraj’ while they don’t,” Bhushan wrote in a letter to members of AAP National Executive.
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