Everyone in party has to accept Kejriwal as their leader: Jaihind

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Rohtak
  • Updated: Mar 08, 2015 21:17 IST

Senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Naveen Jaihind on Sunday said that everyone in the party has to accept national convenor and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal as their leader.

"Everyone in the party from top to bottom has to concede the fact that Arvind Kejriwal is their leader," Jaihind, party's national executive member, said while responding to queries of mediapersons here on the ongoing bickering in the party.

Asked about the fate of senior AAP leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan who were recently ousted from the party's political affairs committee (PAC), he said, "An internal investigation against them is in process and they were ousted from PAC through a democratic process".

Responding to suggestions that Yadav and Bhushan were axed for speaking against Kejriwal, Jaihind, who hails from Rohtak district, said: "We hail the decision and will want the same fate of anyone conspiring against the party".

He further said: "Democracy in party does not mean backstabbing. If anyone has an ambition to become a special person in the common man's party, they were free to walk out of it".

Notably, Jaihind has been engaged in a tussle with Yadav after the party's poor performance in the Lok Sabha elections. Yadav and Jaihind had tendered their resignation from their party posts in May, 2014, after the latter blamed the former of recommending wrong candidates for the parliamentary elections.

"We respect internal democracy in the party. That's why there are leaders who speak against Kerjiwal and remain inside the party. Can you think of this freedom in Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)? Who can speak against Prime Minister Narendra Modi? So is the case in the Congress where no one can go against its vice-president Rahul Gandhi".

He said that all the party leaders and workers were with Kejriwal and would go by the decisions having his stamp.

On expansion plans of the AAP, Jaihind said that the party has decided to revamp its state-level committees by the end of March to strengthen its base and to connect with masses.

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