Aam Aadmi Party, AAP's rebel camp of Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav is holding a 'Swaraj Samwad' convention on Tuesday, even as the party warned of action against those attending the event.
A day ahead of the Swaraj Samwad (open dialogue) organised by Yogendra Yadav , Prashant Bhushan and other AAP dissidents in Gurgaon, the AAP leadership said the meeting was unauthorised.
“This meeting has got nothing to do with the party. An impression is being made through this that the party has deviated from its ideal path. This is incorrect and is being done just to malign the party. The political affairs committee and the national executive will decide what action to take against those who are organising the meeting,” said senior leader Sanjay Singh on Monday.
Yogendra Yadav, on the other hand, stated since they were party members, they don’t need to take prior permission to hold a meeting.
“Can’t a few party members sit together and have a dialogue? Why do I need permission,” he said.
Swaraj Samwad’s official Twitter handle took a dig at the AAP leadership, tweeting that pens, cameras, mobile phones and media will be allowed at Tuesday’s meeting. It seemed to refer to AAP banning the last three things from its National Council meeting on March 28.
"To my understanding, nobody can stop us from meeting. AAP constitution gives the volunteers the right. #SwarajSamwad cannot be anti-party."— Swaraj Samwad (@swarajsamwad) April 12, 2015
While the AAP leadership is outwardly brushing off the meeting as a small matter, all active volunteers in the city are being contacted and categorically asked to skip Tuesday’s event.
“All MLAs have been asked to get in touch with the volunteers in their area and hold meetings. The party is planning a number of events for Ambedkar Jayanti on Tuesday to engage as many people as they can so that the attendance at the Swaraj Samwad meeting is low. Since both sides are doing this to gain public sympathy, the attendance at the meeting becomes very important,” said a party insider.
Strict action is expected against any MLA who decides to participate in the meeting. This puts the party’s Timarpur MLA, Pankaj Pushkar in a tight spot as he is among the organisers of the meeting.
According to the organisers, no formal notice has been issued by the AAP asking them to not hold this meeting.
“We want to reiterate we are part of AAP and not outsiders. We only want to discuss the state and direction of alternate politics. The meeting will be completely transparent and all decisions will be taken after listening and considering all views,” Yadav said.