New Delhi, Mar 3: At a time when Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was feeling its Ache Din are back, the party has touched a new low as the bickering in the party has come out wide in open. Top AAP leaders, responsible for making two year old outfit to a force to reckon, are up in arms against each other.
AAP is a divided house now as one can see two separate group of leaders upping the ante against each other. One group is anti-Kejriwal, which feels Delhi CM has become bigger than the party and hence he should step down from the post of national convener. While the pro-Kejriwal group feels that those who are having such ideas are working against the party and they are working for their own vested interests.
Even AAP convener Kejriwal himself has decided to keep away from the trouble, saying he refuses to get involved into the crisis and wants to concentrate on Delhi's governance. He said the rift in the party betrays the trust that the people of Delhi have posed in the AAP in the recently concluded Assembly election.
Who all are there in Anti-Kejriwal camp?
Yogendra Yadav: One of the founding members of the Aam Aadmi Party and party's think tank was unhappy with the selection of candidates during the recently concluded Delhi Assembly election. He was also unhappy with Arvind Kejriwal's decision of not contesting in Haryana and Punjab Assembly polls.
Prashant Bhushan: Accusing the party of running a "one person-centric" campaign revolving around Arvind Kejriwal during the Delhi elections contrary to its principles Prashan Bhushan said the 'one person-centric' campaign was making the party look like other conventional parties and called for more "swaraj" within the organisation. He too is not happy with the party's selection of candidates in Delhi polls and also questioned the party's funding.
Shanti Bhushan: A founder member of the Aam Aadmi Party had praised Kiran Bedi, BJP's CM candidate for Delhi, and even criticised AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal for accepting 'tainted' money by awarding tickets to rich candidates.
Admiral Ramdas: In the letter written ahead of its National Executive meet last week, Admiral Ramdas, a former Navy chief and the party's internal Lokpal, also said that AAP must make efforts to become a genuinely gender-sensitive party as neither its PAC nor the Delhi government led by it has any woman members. "During the past six to eight months, there has been an abject breakdown in communications and mutual trust amongst the topmost leadership of the party," Ramdas said.
Who all are there in pro-Kejriwal group?
Ashish Khetan: Those who are floating the ridiculous one man party theory wanted to make AAP one family party. Father son daughter trio of Shanti Prashant & Shalini wanted to have a vice-like grip on all party wings, from PAC to policy committee to NE.
Sanjay Singh: Party's spokesperson said on Monday there is an attempt to oust Kejriwal as national convener of AAP.
Manish Sisodia: The deputy chief minister of Delhi has always supported Kejriwal.
Ashutosh: Convener of AAP's Delhi unit on Monday said that churning in AAP has reached a decisive stage. There is a clash of ideas of ultra left who want referendum in Kashmir and those who are for pragmatic politics.
Bibhav Kumar: Now personal aide to CM Arvind Kejriwal has come out with a recorded a telephonic conversation with a journalist, without her knowledge, who wrote a critical piece on AAP and is now using the recording to frame Yogendra Yadav.