In the widening rift of the newly formed Aam Aadmi Party government, senior leader Yogendra Yadav, in a statement, alleged that he has been told that AAP MLAs were forced to sign letter against him and Prashant Bhushan. Earlier in the day, AAP had issued a statement justifying the expulsion of Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan from the Political Affairs committee (PAC) of the party on March 4.
“I would like to thank my four colleagues for making a statement in public. Hope this would put an end to all this rumour mongering, and opens the possibility for a truthful dialogue. I’m told that Delhi MLAs are being forced to sign a letter against us, I hope this ends,” Mr Yadav said, reacting to the AAP joint statement, adding, “It is our party’s mechanism that Lokpal can look into allegations against any party leader; and the Lokpal is willing to look into it.”
In a joint statement, the AAP clarifies that while all workers were struggling to ensure the party’s victory, the three AAP leaders Prashant Bhushan, Yogendra Yadav and Shanti Bhushan were making all out efforts for the party’s defeat. “The PAC did not publicize the reasons behind the move as it could affect the senior duo’s reputation.But the manner in which an atmosphere has been created that the NE was undemocratic and irresponsible, and the questions raised in the minds of the AAP activists, we are compelled to give this explanation,” the statement added. The statement has been issued jointly by AAP leaders Manish Sisodia, Gopal Rai, Pankaj Gupta and Sanjay Singh.
According to the joint statement, Bhushan, during the election campaign, called AAP leaders of other states and said “I won’t campaign, you shouldn’t either…Arvind needs to be taught a lesson.” Sisodia, Rai, Gupta and Singh said that Prashant Bhushan tried to stop people for making donations to the party during the Delhi polls, the statement added.