Former AAP leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav on Saturday lashed out at Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal over the controversy surrounding students holding placards with his name at an Independence Day function in the national Capital, calling it a "shameful megalomania".
Kejriwal's name was a part of several such designs, including the tricolour and 'Thank you' sign, which was created by students using multi-coloured cloth pieces at the stands of the Chhatrasal Stadium, the venue of the Independence Day celebrations.
The AAP government justified the occurrence by saying it was part of a "tradition" being followed over the years.
Swaraj Abhiyan leader, Bhushan tweeted, "From crores (being spent) on personality cult promoting Kejriwal advertisement to 'Jai Ho Kejriwal' instead of 'Jai Hind'. Shameful Megalomania!"
Attacking the party further on the issue, another senior Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav questioned whether the Delhi unit of AAP was trying to emulate Congress' government model.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in April expelled rebel leaders Prashant Bhusan, Yogendra Yadav and two others for anti-party activities, gross indiscipline and violation of the party's code of conduct.
The rebels expressed disappointment that AAP was no longer adhering to the principles on which it was formed, and also expressed concern about the 'personality cult' which could damage the organisation and the leader himself.
He had recently attacked the Delhi government over using public money for self-promotion in the form of advertisements.
After expulsion, Bhushan and Yadav along with other party dissidents formed the Swaraj Abhiyan.
"Kejriwal is surrounded by sycophants. So he thinks he is God," Bhushan added.
Yadav also termed the act as 'embarrassing'. "AAP Delhi touches new low," he tweeted.
"The explanation that Sheila Dikshit as did it worse than the original sin. Has the AAP Delhi accepted Congress government as its model?" Yadav said.