NEW DELHI: Amid the increasing fight within the Aam Aadmi Party or AAP, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was yet another time at the receiving end following a sting operation where his voice is allegedly being heard abusing Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan and even threatening to form a new party with his 66 MLAs.
However, the Arvind Kejriwal’s camp had retaliated claiming that ‘private’ conversations of the leaders were being recorded for the last nine months to ‘blackmail’ the leadership.
The audio recording reportedly with Delhi CM’s voice has been aired by several news channels. The recording supposedly has conversation between Arvind Kejriwal and another party leader Umesh Singh in which the AAP Head loses his patience and asks the leader to go and better work with Yadav and Bhushan.
“You don’t know how they (Yadav and Bhushan) were working against the party’s interests during the elections….I am not here to be part of any fight. I am thinking to start a new party…will leave AAP with 66 MLAs. Best wishes to you to work with Yadav and Bhushan,” Kejriwal allegedly said in the audio.
Expressing that the audio tape was the action initiated of rebel leaders Yadav and Bhushan, AAP leaders said that the recorded conversation was to be released at a press conference addressed by the duo on Friday.
“That did not happen and it was later leaked to the media,” party spokesperson Deepak Bajpai said refusing to comment on the authenticity of the tape.
“They (the rival camp of Yadav-Bhushan) have been recording our conversations for the past nine months to blackmail the party leadership. We suspect that there are many such tapes and recordings of the private conversations. This also reveals that they had been hatching the conspiracy against the party leadership for quite some time now,” he added.
“When Prashantji (Bhushan) heard the tape for the first time, he was deeply hurt. We really have no words to explain the kind of words he’s (Kejriwal) heard using,” a leader said.
On the other hand, claiming that Arvind Kejriwal is like his younger brother, Yadav said, “This is not at all an issue for me, I have no complaints…he’s my younger brother and has all the rights to say that.”
(With PTI Inputs)