With the party grappling with a crisis in Delhi, fissures seem to have appeared in the Aam Aadmi Party’s top leadership in Haryana as well.
Member of AAP’s national executive, Naveen Jaihind, on Tuesday claimed that the party’s state and district bodies had been dissolved and that new officer-bearers would be appointed in April.
“The central leadership has already taken a decision to restructure party units. In Haryana also, new teams the party at state and district levels would be constituted next month, which would launch movement against the poor governance of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP),” Jaihind said during a press conference at Karnal.
Jaihind was reacting to questions from reporters who asked him why none of his party’s office-bearers accompanied him.
Jainhind, who unsuccessfully contested the 2014 parliamentary elections as an AAP candidate, is a known critic of party ideologue Yogendra Yadav who has been removed from the AAP’s key decision-making body along with Prashant Bhusan.
Without naming anyone, Jaihind said there was no place for “conspirators” in the party and that the fate of such “unwanted elements” would be decided by the party on March 28.
“Volunteers from Haryana would soon meet Arvind Kejriwal to ensure their unconditional support to Kejriwal’s leadership. All those who claim to be officer bearers of the party in this state are lying,” he said.
However, AAP’s Haryana convener Ashawant Gupta rubbished Jaihind’s claim. He said the national leadership had officially asked them to carry on their activities in the state.
Gupta even forwarded an email to the Hindustan Times purportedly sent to him by Pankaj Gupta, AAP’s national general secretary on February 17. “All the state teams are supposed to operate till MV (mission vistar or expansion) team is announced in that state,” the email reads.
“However, no announcements with respect to participating in any elections need to be taken/announced or conveyed. Activities in the state can be taken as decided by the state team.”
Gupta said that Jaihind should buttress his claims of dissolution of AAP bodies in the state.
State secretary Paramjeet Katyal, a resident of Karnal, also criticised Jaihind for making “unfounded statement for petty gains”.
“By making such statements, Jaihind is trying to stroke his proximity to (Delhi chief minister) Arvind Kejriwal. Jaihind never held any position in AAP’s Haryana unit and making any comment on the chapter is beyond his political jurisdiction,” Katyal said.