AAP sting: Recorded conversation with Kejriwal for future reference, says party leader

Varanasi Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Umesh Singh on Saturday said he had recorded his conversation with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for future reference and not with the intention of conducting a sting operation.

ANI| Updated: Mar 28, 2015, 11:04 AM IST

New Delhi: Varanasi Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Umesh Singh on Saturday said he had recorded his conversation with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for future reference and not with the intention of conducting a sting operation.

"There was no need of sting but the way the conversation started I felt like recording it so that I can listen to it again. What I told Arvind is the truth. Yogendra Yadav, Anand Kumar and Prashant Bhushan never had the intention to replace him," Singh told a news agency.

"I felt that after the elections the controversies within the party have increased. Language is not the problem, though those were not decent words, but it happens. I appeal to the people to lift up from individualistic political culture," he added.

Yesterday, there were rumours of a new sting operation, wherein Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is allegedly heard abusing fellow party members Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan.

With the two factions within the AAP at loggerheads, the party has also been rocked by a sting featuring an alleged telephonic conversation between Kejriwal and Umesh Singh.

In their discussion, Kejriwal reportedly used strong language against Yadav and Bhushan and threatened to quit the AAP to launch a new party.

Meanwhile, the national council meeting today will take a decision on removing Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav from the party`s national executive.

The internal rift within the party had widened after the founding members of the party-Yadav and Bhushan-were accused of working for the party`s defeat during Delhi Assembly polls last month. 

Members supporting Kejriwal have accused them of anti-party activities while Yadav and Bhushan have alleged that the internal democracy of the party had been lost.