NEW DELHI: Amid the massive ongoing crisis within the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the party has called for a national meeting on Wednesday, March 4 and is likely to take a call over the future of prominent party leaders Yogendra Yadavand Prashant Bhushan.
It seems that the rift within AAP escalated further on Monday with senior leaders’ choosing social media to express their differing views over the continuing crisis in AAP.
Yogendra Yadav in a series of tweets has lashed out at those floating conspiracy theories attacking him and Prashant Bhushan.
“I have been reading reports about allegations and conspiracy theories against me and Prashant Bhushan since last two days. All such reports are imaginary and baseless but, I feel sad at the motive behind these attempts,” Yogendra Yadav tweeted.
The remarks made by Yadav on Twitter were then followed by tweets from another AAP leader Ashutosh who claimed that there was a decisive churning in the party.
“It’s clash of ideas between ultra left who demand referendum in Kashmir and pragmatic politics of welfarism. Churning in AAP is not a clash of personalities but of ideas. This will make way for future politics of AAP. This is my personal view,” Ashutosh said in his tweets.
Along with all this chaos, Co-Convener of AAP, Durgesh Pathak alleged that Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav wanted AAP to lose in the Delhi Elections concluded last month so that Arvind Kejriwal could be removed from the position of Convener.
Acknowledging the crisis within the party, AAP spokesperson on Monday told media that ‘attempts are being made to remove Arvind Kejriwal’.
“Some people are making a joke out of our party. We will discuss in a national executive meet on how AAP can function if senior members of the party target Arvind Kejriwal,” Sanjay Singh of AAP stated without naming anyone directly on Monday in a press conference.
Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP is currently going through internal clashes with Bhushan raising the issue of ‘one-person approach’ in the party.
On the other hand, approximately seven months ago, Yadav had criticized the Delhi Chief Minister of falling victim to ‘personality cult’.
Prashant Bhushan in a letter to AAP national executive members which met last Thursday wrote, “...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. Running one person-centric campaign may be effective, but does that justify sacrificing our principles? We will need to make a conscious course correction if we have to get away from asupremo controlled party”