A day after member parliament from Patiala Dharamvira Gandhi took a bold stand by supporting Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, the Aam Aadmi Party volunteers burnt Gandhi's effigy in Patiala on Sunday.
Terming the conduct of National council highly undemocratic, Gandhi walked out of the meeting on Saturday and condemned the way injustice was meted out to one of the senior and founding members of the party. Both Yadav and Bhushan has been shown door from AAP's national executive.
Gandhi has raised serious questions over the intra-party democracy and also termed the meeting pre-mediated drama.Meanwhile, the AAP volunteers could be seen raising slogans against Gandhi.
Harinder Singh, AAP's national council member said the protest is not only against Gandhi, but against all those, who are speaking and working against the party.
"If some leader has problem with AAP's national convener Arvind Kejriwal, he should talk at party level not before media in open", Singh said.
Giving message to AAP volunteers on his personal facebook page, Gandhi said "I have taken a principled position on the question of improper handling of the intra-party contradictions and voice of dissent in the party. I have done this, best in the overall and long term interest of the party".
He added that "Let me tell all my friends that I am wedded not to persons and personalities, but to the idea and basic principles of AAP and more importantly to the welfare of people of Punjab and India.
"And if feel at any point of time that my party is drifting away from those fundamentals, it is not only my duty, but right as well to voice concern against this. This is what is precisely meant to be truthful to the cause or the party".
On his effigy burning, Gandhi said "Burning my effigies will not serve any interest of the party. But still some friends are interested to burn my effigies, I have got prepared five effigies of mine and they can pick up one from my house and burn it".
However, repeated attempts to contact him personally over phone turned futile.