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Not power hungry, but won’t quit AAP, Gandhi tells Kejriwal

After taking a bold stand during Aam Aadmi Party’s national council meeting on March 28, Patiala MP Dharamvira Gandhi has shot off a letter to party national convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal expressing resentment over burning of his effigies.

punjab Updated: Apr 03, 2015 11:02 IST
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After taking a bold stand during Aam Aadmi Party’s national council meeting on March 28, Patiala MP Dharamvira Gandhi has shot off a letter to party national convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal expressing resentment over burning of his effigies.

Gandhi talked of leaving the post of a leader of party in Parliament, if compelled to do so. He has been facing ire from bunch of AAP volunteers for his bold support for disgruntled party leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan.

He had condemned the AAP and Kejriwal for sacking Yadav and Bhushan, who raised questions against intra-party democracy, in a national council meeting on March 28. “I am not hungry of being a leader of party in Parliament,” Gandhi said in the letter sent to Kejriwal on Thursday.

“If compelled to vacate the post of leader of Parliament, I would do leave the post for others in near future,” he added.

Having chosen to remain silent since the national council meet, Gandhi resented burning of his effigies at behest of some Punjab leaders, which is likely not without the consent of some AAP’s central leadership.

Gandhi requested Kejriwal to take stringent action against those in the party, who are involved in the effigy burning incidents and for running vicious campaign against him.

“By doing so they are not only insulting the individual, but also insulting elected representative of people and democratic institution. All this is being done because I raised my voiced on March 28 demanding intra-party democracy,” he said.

Intra-party democracy

Gandhi remained firm on his stand for intra-party democracy. He even cleared his stand by mentioning it the same in the letter. “Raising voice for intra-party democracy is not only my right, but also my duty for the overall interest of the party. I did this because I feel that no party can develop ideologically, organisationally and philosophically without allowing intra-party democracy and respecting senior leaders of party,” he said.

Gadnhi said that what he observed in the March 28 meet hurt him badly and hence, he voiced his concern about it.

“Moreover if party is uncomfortable over my stand on intra party democracy or other issues, it is the party’s prerogative to decide on it,” Gandhi added.

‘will never leave AAP’

Gandhi said he would never quit the party and keep on saying things that he feels are in interest of the party and people. “I will never quit AAP, as it is product of lakhs of volunteers and represents aspiration of people of India,” he wrote in his letter.