New Delhi, March 20: In a sign of truce between two warring factions, the Aam Aadmi Party on Friday made public the minutes of its Political Affairs Committee (PAC) meeting.
This has been done after disgruntled Yogendra Yadav group was hell-bent to do the same. Bhushan, in his letter to the National Executive (NE) members last month, had lashed out at the party for not making the minutes of the NE and PAC public.
"The lack of recording decisions of the NE/PAC has led to situations where decisions taken by the NE (about not seeking the support of the Congress for government formation in Delhi after we resigned last year) were repeatedly flouted," the activist-lawyer had said.
The party has put the minutes of the PAC meeting held at Delhi chief minister residence at Kaushambi on March 17 on its website.
Rift over now?
The decision can also be considered as a step forward towards the attempts of rapprochement between the two camps.
The two sides are involved in hectic negotiations over the past few days to resolve several contentious issues including having more transparency in the functioning of the party and bringing it under the ambit of RTI.
On March 17, the PAC of the Aam Aadmi Party had taken a major decision of building and expanding its organisational footprint across the country. For this, key leaders, workers and volunteers of the party will be given great responsibilities.
"The PAC of the AAP took the decision that the triumvirate of organisational strength, strength of local leadership and political realities would be judged before deciding when and where elections will be fought by the country. A complete list of active volunteers will be made across the country, and the party will take all decisions after involving volunteers in the process of decision-making.
"A committee will be formed to ensure that proper processes are created to devolve the political organisation's operations and political plans to involve the active participation of volunteers," the minutes of the meeting said.
When Kejriwal turned Napolean
This decision to expand the party and contest polls in other states is to send a clear message to its rank and file ahead of its National Council meeting that AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal was not opposed to such steps, as was projected by dissident leader Yogendra Yadav.
Sources said that in the first Political Affairs Committee meeting of AAP held following Yadav and Prashant Bhushan's ouster from the panel, the party had tried to achieve two goals.
One, the Kejriwal camp wanted to ensure they had the numbers in the National Council (NC) meeting, which is to be held next week, in case of any major "crisis" which requires voting. Second, the party also wanted to send a clear message to the state volunteers, who are in a majority in the NC, that Kejriwal was in favour of even contesting the polls in some states which have good organisational strength.
(with inputs from agency)