New Delhi, Mar 28: AAP leader and social activist Medha Patkar on Saturday resigned from primary membership of Aam Aadmi Party and expressed regret over AAP's infighting. She made the announcement at a hurriedly convened media conference at her office.
Calling the meeting of the national council as unfortunate and condemning what all happened there she was quoted as saying in media reports, "We condemn today's incident, it was unfortunate. Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan were treated unfairly."
Amid chaos and high drama, a resolution to remove the two dissident leaders along with their supporters Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha from the powerful panel was passed at the National Council with 247 members supporting it.
10 members opposed it while 54 others did not take part in the voting, AAP National Secretary Pankaj Gupta said. In a related development, AAP's internal Lokpal Ramdas was also asked not to attend the meet to "avoid confrontation", which was criticised by the rebel leaders.
Party Chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, after making an emotional speech, left the meeting before the resolution was introduced by his loyalist Manish Sisodia.
In Kejriwal's absence, the meeting was chaired by Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai. After the meeting, Yadav and Bhushan accused Kejriwal of using unfair means including bringing goons at the meeting who allegedly beat up a number of National Council members opposed to the resolution.
"It was a murder of democracy. Everything played out in accordence with a predetermined script and the resolution was moved and passed within minutes completely disregarding laid down procedures. It was a total farce," said an agitated Yadav.
Bhushan alleged Kejriwal came fully prepared to "kick us out" from the party and that a number of NC members, who supported him, and Yadav were injured.
"Whatever Kejriwal was heard saying in a sting yesterday was played out in the entirety in today's meeting. There was no distinction between members and others. There was no discussion, no secret vote, no showing of votes in the meeting," the eminent lawyer said.
Kejriwal loyalist Ashutosh accused Yadav of "spreading lies" that NC members were beaten up in meeting. "YY is spreading lies that NC members were beaten up in meeting. There was no scuffle or manhandling.
It's a cooked up story to gain sympathy," he tweeted. In another tweet, he said "Only a dozen members opposed proposal to expel them from NE (National Executive) and a few walked out of YY and PB. Overwhelming support to expel them from NE."
(With inputs from agencies)