All is not well with the state unit of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). While it has announced a new executive panel for the state, it has sidelined all its prominent faces.
The leaders left out of the state panel are veteran activist Medha Patkar, former state convenor Anjali Damania, banker-turned-AAP leader Meera Sanyal, Mayank Gandhi, former secretary Preeti Sharma Menon as well as farmer leader Wamanrao Chatap, the only party candidate to come second in the general elections.
The revamp is a sign of factionalism and dissent in the party’s state unit, party insiders told HT. Sources close to Patkar said the activist is yet to make up her mind on her future role in the party, if any. Chatap has already made a quiet exit from the party.
A leader sidelined in the revamp, not wishing to be named, said, “There is a clear war between two factions over the control of the state unit and the state convenor’s post.”
Sources also said Gandhi had expressed interest in the state convenor’s post but has been left out of the executive.
Sundar Balakrishnan, newly-appointed member of the state panel and Mumbai in-charge, denied these reports.
“There is no dissent at all. This revamp is a result of Mission Vistaar. We have respected sentiments of Patkar, Damania and Sharma Menon, who did not want any post, citing other responsibilities.”
However, AAP sources close to the three leaders said there were other problems for their reluctance in taking up bigger roles in the party. Balakrishnan added, “In any case, the panel is just an interim one which will be revamped after internal polls soon.”