NEW DELHI: Cracking the whip on the rebels, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday expelled Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan from the party on charges of indulging in anti-party activities.
Apart from Yadav and Bhushan, Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha were also removed from the party.
The decision came on Monday night following the separate replies of Yadav and Bhushan to the show-cause notice which was issued by the party on April 17.
The party National Disciplinary Committee met on April 20 at 6 pm at VP House to decide the complaints against Yadav, Bhushan, Kumar and Jha.
Earlier, the committee had extended the deadline for submitting their explanation by one day, that is, April 20.
The committee, however, received the replies of Yadav, Bhushan and Kumar while Jha failed to provide his response within the given time.
After considering responses furnished by rebel leaders, the committee found them unsatisfactory.
The committee reached the unanimous conclusion that Yadav, Bhushan and Kumar had indulged in gross indiscipline and anti-party activities.
After examining the evidence put before it, the committee was of the unanimous view that Jha was also guilty of gross indiscipline and indulging in anti-party activities.
Therefore, the committee decided to expel all the four leaders from the party.
Earlier, Bhushan and Yadav described the party's show-cause notice as a "pre-scripted drama where the outcome is already decided and well-known".
Bhushan charged AAP's general secretary Pankaj Gupta of accepting Rs.2 crore from shell companies and Ashish Khetan a planted story in a national magazine and wrote stories defending a telecom company allegedly involved in 2G spectrum scam. (Also Read: Prashant Bhushan blames AAP’s Ashish Khetan of writing stories in favour of 2G accused in Tehelka, Ashutosh hits back)
(With IANS Inputs)