NEW DELHI: Weeks after expelling dissident leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav from top party posts, Delhi Chief Minister and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Chief Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday broke his silence and justified the decision of the party, saying “limits were crossed” and “conspiracies hatched”.

Expressing regret for using abusive language in audio sting, Kejriwal said, “I am a human being and I make mistakes. I was angry. The kind of language could have been avoided.” The Delhi Chief Minister was speaking after launching a book titled “The Crown Prince, The Gladiator and the Hope” authored by AAP leader Ashutosh.

He also sought to dispel the notion that contrarian voices don’t have a place in the party.

“The notion that there are no contrarian voices among us, are wrong. It would be wrong to say Ashutosh, Manish Sisodia and Kumar Vishwas agree to everything. They all have left their careers and joined us putting everything at stake, said Kejriwal.

He added, “Within the four walls, we argue and fight a lot, but outside we are a team. When limits are crossed, it is painful.” 

Kejriwal said that in June last year, at a National Executive meeting he broke down because conspiracies were being hatched and personal attacks were being made, adding “It was difficult for me to handle it emotionally. That is the reason I got emotional.” 

Bhushan and Yadav were first removed from AAP’s top decision-making body and then from its National Executive. 

While lashing out at the media, the Delhi Chief Minister said that he had not won the elections because of media. The media did not leave any stone unturned to destroy us. They made all attempts to defeat us in the polls, said Kejriwal.

(With PTI Inputs)

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