New Delhi, Mar 28: As expected senior leaders Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan and three others were removed from the Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) national executive on Saturday. Following their ouster from the council, Yadav and Bhushan alleged manhandling by Kejriwal's supporters present in the meeting.
Immediately after coming out of the meet, both Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan claimed today's development as a 'murder of democracy'. The duo even told media persons that one of the members Ramzan Chaudhary was beaten up by bouncers.
As per media reports Prashant Bhushan was quoted as saying, "Gundagiri hui hai, hamare logon ko piita gaya. Jo Arvind ney kal sting mey kahaa, vahii hua, shadyantra tha, preplanned tha. (Hooliganism took place our men were beaten up. Whatever Arvind Kejriwal was heard saying in the sting yesterday it was done. Everything was preplanned.)"
There was no neutral factor, Lokpal was absent, our voices were suppressed, we didn't get a chance to answer: Prashant Bhushan
There was no neutral factor, Lokpal was absent, our voices were suppressed, we didn't get a chance to answer: Prashant Bhushan— ANI (@ANI_news) March 28, 2015
Ramzan Chaudhary told media persons that he was thrashed by bouncers, hired for threatening them.
"All I said was that everybody should be heard, bouncers dragged me out, beat me up, kicked me," said Chaudhary.
Apart from Yogendra-Prashant, Shanti Bhushan, Ajit Jha and Professor Anand Kumar were also removed from the party's national executive.
Amid high drama, a resolution to remove the two dissident leaders was passed by around 230 of around 300 National Council members present in the meeting.
After making an emotional speech, party Chief Arvind Kejriwal left the venue before the resolution to remove the two leaders was introduced by Manish Sisodia.
"I'm deeply saddened to say that democracy has been murdered in today's National Council meeting," said Yogendra Yadav.
Amid accusations from Yogendra Yadav and supporters, AAP spokesperson Ashutosh tweeted media should not buy a cooked up story of man handling and presence of bouncers. Yogendra and Prashant are spreading lies.
If YY/PB/ANAND/Ajit have faith in democracy/have democratic bone,they should respect the verdict of the supreme decision making body of AAP.
If YY/PB/ANAND/Ajit have faith in democracy/have democratic bone,they should respect the verdict of the supreme decision making body of AAP.— ashutosh (@ashutosh83B) March 28, 2015