In the wake of increasing criticism that all its decisions are taken by a select few, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is all set to expand its top decision making bodies the political affairs committee (PAC) and the national executive.
And some of the new names that could figure in the revamped PAC are Narmada Bachao Andolan activist Medha Patkar, Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson Rajmohan Gandhi and former CEO of Royal Bank of Scotland, India, Meera Sanyal.
“We need to dispel the impression that our top decision making body the PAC is Ghaziabad--Delhi committee, and give representation to people from other parts of the country,” a senior party leader told HT on condition of anonymity.
PAC includes members like party chief Arvind Kejriwal, and other senior leaders Manish Sisodia, Prashant Bhushan, Sanjay Singh, Pankaj Gupta, Yogendra Yadav, Kumar Vishwas, and Gopal Rai.
After the party failed to make much of an impression in the Lok Sabha elections drawing a blank in Delhi, it has come in for lot of flak from its own members who have alleged the party lacked inner party democracy and that it was run by a ‘clique’.
Its national executive member Shazia Ilmi who contested from Ghaziabad constituency and lost to BJP’s General VK Singh quit the party on Saturday saying the party lacked Swaraj in its own set up and had adopted a “sensationalist” approach.
Inclusion of Patkar and Sanyal in the PAC will help party counter Shazia’s other grouse that the party did not have any woman member in the PAC.
Apart from the PAC the party could also expand its national executive, another important decision making body in the party. With 24 members until now, it could accommodate up to 30.
“The national executive too needs representation from south, east and north-east parts of the country. We would also want people from different movements to join the national executive,” the leader said.
The party will take the crucial decisions after it hold the meeting of all its bodies the PAC, national executive and national council.
Apart from expanding its PAC and national council the party will also start its own students wing to attract students who believe in its idea of alternative politics