Stung by Laxmi Nagar legislator Vinod Kumar Binny’s allegations, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday said disciplinary action would be initiated against the rebel leader.
Addressing the media at the party office here, senior AAP leader Yogendra Yadav said the MLA was making “baseless accusations” against the party.
“The party’s political affairs committee will initiate disciplinary action against Binny and a showcause notice will be issued,” Yadav said. Binny is also a part of the nine-member political affairs committee of the rookie party.
Party members could have different opinions, but the AAP will not tolerate indiscipline, Yadav added.
Binny, who defeated Congress heavyweight AK Walia in the December 2013 assembly elections, had on Wednesday accused the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government in the Capital of deviating from its poll promises.
Firing another fresh salvo at a press conference on Thursday, he alleged the AAP was “cheating” the people of Delhi by backtracking on its election promises and termed Kejriwal a “dictator”.
He also slammed the AAP leadership on a range of issues and said taking support of the Congress, which was ousted by the rookie party, to form the government was a “compromise on the party’s principles”.
Yadav said Binny’s outburst had hurt the AAP. “There is scope for disagreement and dissent in AAP, but it shouldn’t be made public. There is no choice for the party but to take disciplinary action against him.”
Yadav wondered why Binny never discussed such issues at party meetings. Toeing the same line, Kejriwal had said Binny did not speak out at a recent meeting of all 70 AAP candidates who had contested the Delhi polls.
Yadav also saw a political conspiracy in Binny’s behaviour, saying India was on the verge of a political transformation and this had given other political parties the jitters. He went to the extent of saying Binny seemed to be speaking the voice of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
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Yadav also hinted that Binny's outburst might have something to do with his desire for a ministerial berth in the Delhi government and a ticket to fight the general elections, even though the rebel MLA had denied it earlier.
Binny had publicly displayed his unhappiness after failing to get a place in the newly constituted Delhi cabinet by walking out of a party meeting.
According to Delhi CM, he was also denied a ticket for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. “First, he had come for ministership, we refused. After that, he wanted to contest the Lok Sabha polls. We have already decided no sitting MLA will get ticket for the Lok Sabha elections,” Kejriwal had said reacting to Binny’s allegations on Wednesday.
A Delhi University graduate, Binny had been with the Congress from 2009 to 2011. He left it to join the Jan Lokpal movement, before the formation of the AAP.