After two days of tug of war between two camps in the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), it appears key players in the drama --Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan and Arvind Kejriwal -- are headed for a truce.
AAP founding member Shanti Bhushan, who is also Prashant Bhushan’s father, told a news channel on Tuesday that Prashant Bhushan and Yadav should support Kejriwal. He also said that Kejriwal should continue as the national convenor, a departure from the view he had taken prior to the Delhi elections.
"Differences in the party are not right. Prashant and Yogendra Yadav should support Kejriwal," Shanti Bhushan told a TV news channel.
The AAP has been struggling to mend the cracks that emerged less than a month after it formed the government in the Capital, following a spectacular victory in the assembly polls.
An emergent meeting of the party's national executive is set to take place on Wednesday. The decision to either shunt out or keep Yadav and Prashant Bhushan in the political affairs committee is expected to be taken at the meeting. Both leaders have confirmed that they will attend the meeting.
Kejriwal, however, may not be a part of the meeting that will be held in Kapashera.
The AAP is in strife with its internal lokpal pointing to a breakdown in mutual trust in the top leadership, and the two senior leaders — Yadav and Prashant Bhushan — accusing it of abandoning its guiding principles and running a “one-person-centric campaign” in the national capital, considered a veiled reference to Delhi chief minister Kejriwal.
Yadav has been striking conciliatory notes since Monday evening. “I will fulfil any responsibility that the party hands me,” he said.
Prashant Bhushan, however, in an interview to a television channel said that Keriwal may be ready to compromise but he is not. He also said that the party needs people who differ with Kejriwal.
On the matter of party funding and money laundering charges, Prashant Bhushan said that there was a clear lapse in checking the companies that wrote checks worth Rs 2 crore.
The hostility, however, now seems to be abating with both Prashant Bhushan and Yadav indicating that they are not leaving the party.