Aam Aadmi Party’s Karawal Nagar MLA Kapil Mishra is the man who is spearheading a signature campaign to oust the father-son duo of Shanti and Prashant Bhushan along with Yogendra Yadav from the party. The party has already rewarded him by making him the vice-chairman of Delhi Jal Board. Calling the three founding members of the party ‘gaddar’ who ‘tried to ensure AAP’s defeat in the Delhi elections’, the first-time MLA says the party must take the ‘exemplary action’ and send a message down the line. Excerpts from an interview:
Q: Why are you doing this when the party is dealing with these three people?
The party was going through pain. We fought corruption. We fought BJP and Congress in the assembly elections. But we also had to fight an internal battle. Shanti Bhushan praised BJP’s chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi. Yogendra Yadav planted negative stories about AAP. Prashant Bhushan stopped volunteers from donating and coming to Delhi for campaigning. We thought the atmosphere would improve after our victory. But they kept speaking against the party.
Q: Are you preparing the ground to target the Bhushans and Yadav ahead of the AAP National Council meeting?
I’m a simple MLA. I’m not part of any of these committees. I’m doing what I should be doing. It is our responsibility to save the party. We have been feeling betrayed. I was a part of the India Against Corruption movement and the party came from there. If anybody tries to end this party or the movement, I will not take it. No matter who these people are.
Q: How has the response been?
Out of the 67 AAP MLAs, 9 (the cabinet, speaker and deputy speaker) hold constitutional posts. Of the rest 58, most of them have either signed the letter or agreed to do so. I have personally spoken to them. I will give this petition to Arvind (Kejriwal) ji once he comes back [from Bengaluru where he is undergoing treatment].
Q: There are allegations that the MLAs are being forced to sign the petition.
Not true. Everyone is signing the letter on their own accord, no one refused until now. The party has nothing to do with this in any case. It’s our own dutiful initiative.