New Delhi, Mar 10: After senior AAP leaders made an official media statement, Yogendra Yadav reacted to it by tweeting about it. He tweeted and welcomed the step taken by the party and said that he hopes this will end all the slander and allegations against them.
Yogendra Yadav also said in his tweet, "Hope no more coercion of party functionaries and Delhi MLAs on this issue. Hope PB and my response will also be duly publicised by the party media. Hope party's website will be opened for all volunteers responses."
I welcome the statement by 4 colleagues. Begins the possibility of open, transparent dialogue. Truth shall prevail.— Yogendra Yadav (@AapYogendra) March 10, 2015
In a first official statement by top party leaders since the infighting came out in the open, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Transport Minister Gopal Rai, party's General Secretary Pankaj Gupta and Sanjay Singh defended the national executive's decision to oust Prashant and Yadav from the political affairs committee (PAC).
Hope this statement ends all slander, planting of allegations. Hope no more coercion of party functionaries and Delhi MLAs on this issue.— Yogendra Yadav (@AapYogendra) March 10, 2015
"The trio, especially Prashant called up volunteers from other states and told them not to campaign for the party.I will not be campaigning for the party this time.You guys also don't campaign. It is necessary for the party to lose.It is only then Arvind (Kejriwal) will get some sense," the leaders said in the statement.
Hope PB and my response will also be duly publicised by the party media. Hope party's website will be opened for all volunteers responses.— Yogendra Yadav (@AapYogendra) March 10, 2015
"In front of Anjali Damania (AAP leader from Maharashtra), he told the same to workers of Mysore.Those funding the party were discouraged from doing so," said a joint statement by the four AAP leaders.
Prashant and Yadav were voted out from the party's PAC last week.The proposal to drop the two was introduced by Sisodia, seconded by Singh and supported by nine others including Gupta and Rai.
A section of the party headed by Arvind Kejriwal had alleged that the trio wanted to remove Kejriwal from the post of National Convenor.
"Two weeks before the election, when (AAP leader) Ashish Khetan called up Prashantji and requested him to head party's Delhi Dialogue initiative, Prashantji said that he wanted the party to lose and win only 20-22 seats.If the party loses only then the leadership will get some sense," the leaders claimed.
They claimed that Prashant would also threaten to call a press conference in the midst of a heated election campaign.
"For three days, 10 senior AAP leaders were trying to convince them not to address any press conference as this would have a negative impact on the party. At a time when the BJP and AAP were engaged in a cut throat battle, senior leader were busy convincing them and wasting their valuable time," the leaders alleged.
The party said that it was compelled to come out in the open despite taking a decision not to go before the public and as the two leaders were giving statements to the media.
"They were trying to portray as if the decision to drop them from the PAC was irresponsible and undemocratic," the leaders said.
The leaders claimed that the party has ample evidence that Yadav tried to malign Kejriwal's image and tried to portray a negative side of the organisation.
"Some senior editors in private have also said that during the Delhi election, Yadav again tried to malign Kejriwal's image by giving off the record information," the leaders charged.
Lashing out at Shanti Bhushan, the leaders said that the AAP leader not only spoke in favour of BJP's chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi but also supported a breakaway faction AAP Volunteers Vichar Manch.
"A few days before the election, Shanti Bhushan ji said he trusted Kiran Bedi more than Arvind (Kejriwal).All party workers were stunned listening to his statements.Volunteers started asking what was he doing in the AAP if he supported Bedi.He also gave many statements against Arvind," the leaders claimed.
(With inputs from agencies)