Kolkata: Expelled Aam Admi Party leader Yogendra Yadav on Sunday attacked his former party, alleging it has become centralised despite enjoying plenty of goodwill.
“The AAP enjoys lot of goodwill, but has become centralised. When AAP was formed, a huge national asset was created, but it is getting depleted,” Yadav told media persons here.
Yadav, along with other dissident leaders Prashant Bhushan, Ajit Jha and Anand Kumar were removed from AAP last month for anti-party activities.
On a tour to the city in connection with the Swaraj Abhiyan movement launched by the expelled members, he said that “there is a need to create an alternative politics, and not an alternative political party”.
He said the Swaraj abhiyan aims to retain, regain and recreate the energy the country has seen three years ago when the anti-corruption movement culminated into the formation of the AAP.
“Our aim is to bring back the thousands of people who feel cheated and want to leave politics, Those who had dreamt of cleansing the political system have suffered a blow,” said Yadav, a noted psephologist.
Coming down heavily on West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress, Yadav said it has not only absorbed all the sins of the 34-year Left Front regime, but also added to them.
“People had hoped that the suffocation they experienced during the LF rule would change for the better under the Trinamool. That’s the reason they voted for the Trinamool in such huge numbers. But now they realise that it is even worse.”
Yadav also expressed his disgust at the way the recent civic polls were conducted in the state, saying: “The way the civic polls were conducted, I only hope it is not the future.”