Aam Aadmi Party leader Manish Sisodia on Friday sought to underplay infighting within the party, which came to the fore after his letter criticising his party colleague Yogendra Yadav for making the internal differences public was leaked to the media.
Aam Aadmi Party's candidate Yogendra Yadav addressing people at Firojpur Jhirkha in Mewat, Gurgaon. (Manoj Kumar/HT photo)
"It was part of internal discussions. These things happen in a party and everything will be sorted," Sisodia told IANS.
In the letter, Sisodia criticised Yadav for bringing his internal fight with another party leader before the media and public, tainting the party's image.
"In the past 15 days, there has been an intense fight between you and Naveen Jaihind. However, it is very sad that you have bought the fight in front of the public and the media, because of which the party's image is getting tainted," Sisodia had written.
He had accused Yadav of dragging Kejriwal into the personal fight and put him in bad light after failing to take disciplinary action against Jaihind.
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"It is also shocking that in your (Yadav's) email you have alleged that Arvind Kejriwal doesn't listen to the political affairs committee's (PAC's) suggestions. As long as Arvind listened to you, he was nice, but now he is not," Sisodia had told Yadav.
Yadav, one of the most articulate faces of the pary, had resigned from the PAC's membership on May 31, taking responsibility for the AAP's poor performance in Haryana in the Lok Sabha election.
In his e-mail, Yadav had claimed that "Arvind is turning into a personality cult that can damage an organisation and the leader himself". He had also said there was serious deficit in policy thinking in the party.
Naveen Jaihind, who is also a prominent face of the AAP in Haryana, also resigned from the membership of the national executive committee.
Sisodia said that even though the PAC members did not want Yadav to fight polls from Gurgaon in Haryana, it was Kejriwal who had supported him. Sisodia also blamed Yadav and other members (not naming anyone) for party's poor showing.
"Arvind was against fighting the Lok Sabha polls; he just wanted to concentrate on the politics in Delhi. But it was you and a few other members who wanted to fight. The result is now in front of us," wrote Sisodia.
The AAP performed very poorly in the Lok Sabha polls and could just win four seats in Punjab.
Two other prominent AAP leaders, Captain Gopinath and Shazia Ilmi had resigned from AAP on May 24, citing lack of inner-party democracy as the reason. Anjali Damania, the AAP's convener in Maharashtra, resigned on Thursday, but withdrew it later in the day.