The internal feud in Aam Aadmi Party on Wednesday saw a National Council member from Punjab demanding that party convenor Arvind Kejriwal launch an inquiry into a parallel meeting called by a section a day prior to the body’s crucial meet on March 28.
In a letter to Kejriwal, Ashok Talwar, an NC member from Amritsar, said the meeting has been called on the “pretext” of having discussion on Swaraj and internal democracy and alleged that some “deep conspiracy for vested interests” was on to destabilise the party. The latest development comes in the backdrop of reports that AAP leader Shanti Bhushan was going to hold a meeting with the dissidents ahead of party’s National Council meet, which he subsequently denied.
Talwar claimed of having received repeated “calls as well as messages” from different numbers inviting him to attend a “discussion” on March 27. “I have been receiving calls as well as messages from different numbers to come to Delhi one day prior to the NC meeting…on the pretext of having discussion on Swaraj.
“They have been calling repeatedly to confirm the presence on 27 so that the arrangements for stay, food etc can be made in advance as already 124+ members have confirmed their participation in the meeting where deliberations would be held to ‘save Swaraj’ and internal democracy in the party,” the letter said.
Talwar further alleged that some “deep conspiracy” for vested interests was going on to destabilise the party and went on to name a few people accusing them of “floating” the information. He asked Kejriwal to be “vigilant” and inquire about the matter and to stop the “conspirators” from anti-party activities. Reacting to the developments, senior party leader Ashutosh said that a “lot of members” have raised this issue. “Told them they are free to raise this issue on the 28th,” he said.