BJP, Congress jeer AAP's 'immature politics', say it's fight for power
The Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday drew flak over the infighting from other parties which asked it to put its house in order and focus on delivering on its election promises made to the people of Delhi.india Updated: Mar 28, 2015 18:17 IST
The Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday drew flak over the infighting from other parties which asked it to put its house in order and focus on delivering on its election promises made to the people of Delhi.
Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said it is the people of Delhi who are suffering the most due to the AAP's internal turmoil.
"First AAP should set its house in order and start delivering in Delhi. That is our concern, Delhi citizens' concern and Delhi community's concern. And this kind of laundering goes on in open spectacle every day... then I think Delhi is the biggest sufferer," Singhvi said, adding the allegations and counter allegations by rival factions in Aam Aadmi Party are "extremely serious".
BJP said AAP should not lose the opportunity with its "immature" politics and should deliver on the poll promises made to the people of Delhi.
"The promises which AAP and its leaders have made with public, they must fulfil them," Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah took a dig at AAP saying it was becoming more like "older parties".
"To think that commentators were actually advising older political parties to be more like #AAP seems #AAP has decided to be more like us :-) (sic)," Abdullah said in his tweet.
The CPI(M) said the rift should not affect the welfare of the people of Delhi who had voted the party to power.
"People in Delhi had voted AAP with love and lots of expectations. They want the promises to be fulfilled, but the party is now engaged in internal rift.
"The ongoing tussle is the internal affair of the party and they must resolve it so that the people of Delhi don't have to suffer," CPI(M) politburo member and Rajya Sabha MP Sitaram Yechury told reporters in Jammu.
The AAP's National Council on Saturday expelled Yadav and Bhushan from the party's powerful National Executive for their alleged anti-party activities.
Amid high drama, a resolution to remove the two dissident leaders was passed by around 230 of around 300 national council members present in the meeting.
After making an emotional speech, party convenor Arvind Kejriwal left the venue before the resolution to remove the two leaders was introduced by Manish Sisodia.
"It was a murder of democracy. Everything played out in accordance with a predetermined script and the resolution was moved and passed within minutes completely disregarding laid down procedures. It was a total farce," said a visibly agitated Yadav.
Yadav's supporters Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha were also removed from the national executive at the meeting.
Bhushan alleged that there was bogus voting in the meeting and Kejriwal came fully prepared to "kick us out" from the party.
"Whatever Kejriwal was heard saying in a sting yesterday was played out in the entirety in today's meeting. There was no distinction between members and others. There was no discussion, no secret vote, no showing of votes in the meeting," the eminent lawyer said
Yadav alleged the violence was pre-planned and that a number of NC members opposed to the resolution suffered injuries as they were heckled by "bouncers" and "outside goons".
The Kejriwal camp countered the allegations saying the dissident duo were "cooking up stories to get sympathy."
First Published: Mar 28, 2015 15:50 IST