New Delhi, Mar 5: With seniors AAP leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav being ousted from the Political Affairs Committee of the party on Wednesday, now reports are suggesting that it was party chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who was behind all this.
Both were on a collision course with party Convener Arvind Kejriwal and were later dropped from the Political Affairs Committee of the party on bringing out in the open internal power struggle.
Yadav and Bhushan's ouster from PAC came days after the duo had raised red flag against continuation of Kejriwal as National Convener as also questioned his working style, evoking a sharp reaction from Kejriwal supporters who accused Bhushan and his father Shanti Bhushan of wanting to have a "vice-like grip" on all party wings.
Sources said the meeting, which lasted over six hours, saw heated discussions. While Yadav's role for leaking information by a section of the party came under scanner, Prashant and his father's recent statements were also discussed.
The proposal to boot Yadav and Prashant out of PAC was then introduced by Deputy chief minister and Kejriwal's close confidant Manish Sisodia. The duo was asked to step down, but they both demanded a vote.
With Kejriwal camp getting 11 votes, Bhushan and Yadav got 8 votes. However, Kumar Vishwas, who chaired the NE meeting did not vote saying he will only cast his vote in an event of a tie.
The sources said there was also no immediate proposal of introducing two more members in the party's decision-making body. There was also no clarity on what role Bhushan and Yadav will have after their ouster from the PAC.
"The PAC will continue with remaining members as of now. There has been no decision on expanding the PAC and it will complete its full term," said a party leader.
The two leaders left the stormy session after the decision of the Executive. While Yadav maintained that he would continue working as dedicated worker of the party, Bhushan left saying that the majority decision will prevail.
The NE also rejected Kejriwal's offer to resign as National Convenor and asked him to continue in this post.
(With inputs from agencies)