The Aam Aam Party’s national executive on Wednesday sacked Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan from its key decision-making political affairs committee. Bhushan and Yadav said they wanted the AAP to be more democratic, while the party accused them of trying to challenge national convener Arvind Kejriwal’s leadership.
In an exclusive interview, Yadav, a known political expert, told Hindustan Times that he would not comment on the proceedings of the national executive meeting, but said that spurious allegations do hurt, but he would continue to raise important issues. Below are excerpts from the interview:
Q: Senior AAP leader Mayank Gandhi has raised in his blog serious questions about how you and Prashant Bhushan were ousted…
A. As I said at the outset that the party has taken a decision that we would not comment [on the proceedings of the national executive]. But I’m confident finally truth prevails.
Q: You seem unaffected. But you’re hurt, right?
A. No. I know of dozens of people who are much more qualified than me but have never held a post in the party. It would be presumptuous for me and Prashant ji to believe that we were two conscience keepers of party. Party has thousands of conscience keepers. I had two productive years with the PAC. But yes, when spurious allegations are levelled, it hurts.
Q: Lakhs of people pinned hope on the AAP. Do you think the recent developments have disappointed them?
A. I have got thousands of messages — messages of solidarity, despair, dismay and shock. I only say to them that we cannot lose hope. You cannot stop believing in the idea of AAP just because of one event. It’s an extraordinary movement in our country’s democracy. My message is- let’s all unite. I want to promise them that we will fulfill the reasons for which this party was formed. We will keep fighting for our beliefs internally and externally. One thing is for sure- I will continue raising issues of transparency, inner democracy, high ethical standards, and issues of volunteers. I personally believe the party will respond to these constructively.
Q: What exactly is your role in the party now?
A. I will do whatever the party asks me to. I continue to be a member of the Aam Aam Party’s National Executive. I’m currently involved in Jai Kisan Abhiyaan in Haryana, working on issues related to farmers, undertaking protests against the Land Acquisition Ordinance, reduction of land acquisition compensation on remunerative prices for farmers, on the urea scarcity. I want to travel beyond Haryana and work on farmer issues. I’m also the chief spokesperson of the party. It’s a lot of work for a person to handle.