Former AAP leader Yogendra Yadav finds support in Haryana

  • Vishal Joshi, Hindustan Times, Karnal
  • Updated: May 18, 2015 10:26 IST

Embarked upon a nationwide “Swaraj Abhiyan” to create a political movement and strengthen alternative politics, former Aam Admi Party (AAP) leader Yogendra Yadav got an impressive response from activists in Haryana on Sunday.

Three leaders who had contested parliamentary elections on AAP tickets last year from Haryana— SP Singh (Ambala), Paramjit Singh Katyal (Karnal) and Poonam Chand Ratti (Sirsa) — publically extended their support to the psephologist-turned-politician Yadav.

Also, Ashawant Gupta and Rajiv Godara, who had quit their posts as state convener and chief spokesman of AAP’s Haryana unit, respectively, and former-AAP office-bearers of the party from various districts were present. Yadav who contested from the Gurgaon parliamentary seat, said he was not sure if a series of “Swaraj Samvad” — interactions with like-minded activists launched under “Swaraj Abhiyan” banner would culminate into a political party.

Yadav said the primary challenge was to create a new model of democratic politics and a new organisation which was not personality-driven.

“While holding talks with people in various states during the ongoing direct dialogue, it has emerged that we have to reaffirm people’s faith after the entire episode of AAP. Public response to the Swaraj Samvad is very encouraging and before June, we want to touch all states,” he told reporters.


Refusing to comment on Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, Yadav said that he did not wish the “Swaraj Abhiyan” to be a political tool to attack his former colleague. “There is no doubt that contrary to expectations, AAP was restricted as a regional party of Delhi. But it is encouraging to noticed that Swaraj Abhiyan has got tremendous response in several states including, Delhi,” he said. “I have not got my expulsion letter from the party office to date. I certainly got hurt on news of my expulsion in an undemocratic manner, but I am taking it as an opportunity to expand the thought of public issues-driven politics,” he said.


Former member of the University Grants Commission (UGC), Yadav said there should not be any place for guest teachers in schools. Commenting on the issue of ongoing protest in Karnal by guest teachers, Yadav said the state government should positively find a way out for them.

“Education should not be left on temporary employment of teachers and the Haryana should be expedite appointments of regular faculty in schools in the larger interest of the public,” he said.


Former state general secretary of the party Paramjit Singh Katyal blamed Kejriwal of humiliating the gorssroots-level party workers. “When AAP won elections in Delhi, Kejriwal preferred to introduce his wife and family members as persons behind his victory. Hundreds of dedicated workers who had left their homes and occupations for strengthening hope of an alternative politics, felt cheated by such actions,” said Katyal, who along with his team of supporters from Haryana had worked in the Delhi assembly polls.

He accused the AAP leadership of patronising shady characters in violation of basis values of the front.

Former state spokesman of the party Rajiv Godara said Kejirwal and his political coterie had hatched a conspiracy to defame the party’s Haryana team for Naveen Jaihind, a close aide of Delhi CM who had unsuccessfully contested last parliamentary election from Rohtak.

“We noticed that at every step, interests of the party activities were compromised and complaints of ill-designs by inner party leaders were overlooked by the national leadership. But people still see scope in alternative polity and many volunteers and social activists are actually waiting for this to happen,” said Godara.

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