Barely a day after Maharashtra AAP senior leader Anjali Damania quits the party by striking an allegation against AAP chief Kejriwal of ‘Horse-trading’, Bihar AAP convener Basant Kumar Chowdhary accuses the national convener of promoting a culture of individualism and selfishness, which violates the original tenets on which the AAP was conceived.
“Today, there is lot of individualism in the party. Selfish people have taken the place of internal democracy. There is a felony being committed in the name of discussion. Baseless and false allegations are being made. Without examining the truth, a plot is being made to remove Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav from the party. The party is moving towards its end with great speed,” Chowdhary said.
Damania quit the AAP, revealing her decision through a tweet with a YouTube link of a recording of a purported telephone conversation between a former AAP legislator Rajesh Garg and a man who he alleges is Kejriwal. “I quit.. I have not come into AAP for this nonsense. I believed him. I backed Arvind for principles not Horse-trading,” she tweeted.
Defending the allegation of the horse-trading, AAP leader Ashish Khetan today said, “There was nothing “illegal and immoral” being in touch with Congress MLAs who, the party claimed, anyway wanted to break away”. Khetan also questions the authenticity of the recording, and justifies the move by saying that such type of political realignments keep on happening in the country and it cannot be considered as “poaching”
“Even if we were to construe that the recording is genuine, horse-trading is a very strong term. We did not trade seats… political realignments are a reality and we need to accept that.” Khetan said, and called Rajesh Garg a “disgruntled element” and a man with an axe to grind because the party did not give him a ticket for the Delhi Assembly elections.
Meanwhile, AAP’s Patel Nagar office was reportedly ransacked by volunteers of AAP Volunteers Aawaz Manch (AVAM), according to AAP. Some 60 volunteers of AVAM barged into the Patel Nagar office in the evening under the pretext of protesting against the ongoing crisis in the party, AAP spokesperson Deepak Bajpai claims.
AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal is in on a 10-day leave in Bengaluru for naturopathy treatment as he is suffering from high-sugar and chronic cough. He left Delhi on the day when AAP leader’s Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan were ousted from the party’s political affairs committee. Is it AAP or Kejriwal that needs treatment?