Yadav may be removed as AAP spokesperson, Kejriwal says all is well

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said that the Aam Aadmi Party was doing alright.

delhi Updated: Mar 31, 2015 00:01 IST
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Amidst ongoing upheaval in the Aam Aadmi Party, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Monday that the rookie political outfit was doing alright.

In his first interaction with media after the charged National Council meeting on Saturday which saw the expulsion of dissidents Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, he responded to a question on the party, saying, "Party theek thaak hai (the party is doing alright)."

But there are indications that the crisis over a bitter power struggle in the AAP had yet to wither away.

After the sacking of Bhushan as AAP's national disciplinary committee chief, Yadav is likely to be next to face the axe as the party's chief spokesperson.

Sources in the AAP said the party will soon release a new list of spokespersons which will not figure Yadav's name.

"We will soon come out with a fresh list of party spokespersons. Yadav will of course not be in the list," a senior party leader requesting anonymity said.

The decision to remove Yadav from the post is an expected one following his removal along with Prashant Bhushan from the party's Political Affairs Committee and National Executive.

Removal of Bhushan and Yadav from key panels is being seen as a precursor to their expulsion from the party.

Interestingly, Yadav, who is also the state convener of AAP's Haryana unit, was the only leader to have been designated as chief spokesperson when the party constituted the panel of its spokespersons.

AAP's internal Lokpal Admiral (retd) L Ramdas was also shown the door for airing critical views about the party leadership.

He has been replaced by a three-member Lokpal panel comprising two former IPS officers and one educationist.

The party came to power in Delhi on the back of a crushing majority less than a month ago but has been struggling to paper over the cracks after a series of leaked letters revealed two camps -- one supporting Kejriwal and the other comprising veterans like Yadav and Prashant who say the chief minister is dictatorial.

Bhushan and Yadav have publicly accused Kejriwal of stifling internal democracy and adopting unfair means to capture power, while the other camp has hit back, accusing the party veterans of trying to sabotage the two-year-old outfit.

Yadav and Bhushan have also alleged at a press conference that any issue raised by them was being projected as questioning the Delhi chief minister’s leadership and attempts to remove him from the post of AAP’s national convenor.

First Published: Mar 30, 2015 19:36 IST