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Differences in AAP's local unit; old members say being ignored

Monica Sharma, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, January 18, 2014
First Published: 15:17 IST(18/1/2014) | Last Updated: 15:20 IST(18/1/2014)

Differences between the Aam Adami Party (AAP) came to fore with a section of workers alleging that old workers were being ignored with the working committee being revamped.

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The AAP recently set up a city-based office in Sector 16.

The workers making the allegations have been associated with the party for more than two years, even before it became a national phenomenon about a month ago. The workers also claimed that party's Haryana unit was taking over the city's unit.

Col Sukhwant Singh Saini said, "Whatever is happening is not being digested by most old workers who were associated with the party since Anna Hazare's anti-corruption movement."

Office bearers of the party in the city include convener Col SS Saini who has applied for the Lok Sabha ticket from the city. He added that the old volunteers were demoralised with the recent developments. 
Party volunteer Kanwar Singh said, "The ones working for the party for the past three years are being ignored out rightly, while the recently-inducted members are being given prime positions."

64-year-old Kanwar, a retired Punjab Police constable who joined the party in November 2012 said, "When the Chandigarh structure of the party came up about a year and a half ago, there were primarily 30 active members. Since the past month, everyone is trying to show their presence in the party."

Party worker Prem Bhargava claimed, "The party rules and guidelines are only on papers and not in reality. There is no accountability in the party. Dictatorship is creeping in. We have been there in the crusade for the last two and a half years and now people are joining the party only because they are eyeing the ticket."  

Another worker, on the condition of anonymity, said it was decided before the rally that only AAP national executive member Yogendra Yadav would address the residents, but at least five workers and leaders, including fresh members spoke at the rally. "All members were from Haryana and the rally seemed more of Haryana's unit than a city show. The Chandigarh activists were not given a face in the crowd," he added.

Meanwhile, Chandigarh's central observer of party, Rajeev Godara, rubbished the allegations. "The allegations put forth by certain workers are unfounded and have no basis. There is no bias towards anybody and we all are collectively working for the party's progress. We have dissolved the earlier committee and have come up with ten core groups which will cover different zones. The workers who are a part of these groups will cover different wards and sectors and make members," Godara said.

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