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Rift in AAP: As it happened on Tuesday

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday issued a statement claiming that its senior leaders Shanti Bhushan, his son and noted lawyer Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav worked towards the defeat of the party in the recently concluded Delhi Assembly Elections.


Rift in AAP: As it happened on Tuesday

 

9: 10pm: We remain committed to a United AAP: Shalini

9: 05 pm: Of all the donations to the party and many important back end tasks have been handled by this team (AAP Global Supporters): Shalini

9:00 pm: In this email chain no comment was made regarding not donating: Shalini 

8: 52 pm: The excerpts quoted in the article in scroll.in are from a mail conversation with a small group of 6-7 people in Chicago in context of discussion on adopting constituency, not to 700-800 people in NRI Global group as reported in the article: Shalini.

8:48 pm: People have spent hours searching their mail boxes and no one has found such a mail: Shalini.

8:45 pm: I've never sent any email to the NRI team asking people not to donate: Shalini to ANI

8:30 pm: Article claiming Prashant Bhushan's sister's emails take AAP to breaking point is extremely misleading and damaging, Shalini Gupta told ANI.

6:00 pm: Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav can be sacked from AAP's National Executive committee, as per reports.

3:00 pm: AAP member Kumar Vishwas defends the ouster of Yadav and Bhushan from the party's top decision making body, saying tweeting about the party's internal matters was not right.

2:00 pm: AAP leader Bhagwant Mann demands 'strict action' against senior party leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, accusing the duo of conspiring against the party to bring the BJP to power in the national capital.

"During elections we came to know that phone calls were being made to volunteers asking them not to come to Delhi as we are going to lose in Delhi. Volunteers from abroad were asked to stop making donations. Prashant ji had told Ashish Khetan that he wants us to lose Delhi elections. They were conspiring to bring BJP government in Delhi. Strict action should be taken against them," Mann says.

11:45 am: AAP leader Yogendra Yadav welcomes party's statement saying, “Hope this statement ends all slander, planting of allegations. Hope no more coercion of party functionaries and Delhi MLAs on this issue.”

Yadav took to microblogging website Twitter and said:

 

10:45 am: Hitting out at AAP, BJP leader Shazia Ilmi says, whoever will raise questions on transparency, funds, procedure of selection of candidates, will be removed from the party.

Commenting on Bhushan and Yadav's ouster from PAC, Ilmi says no one would believe that Prashant Bhushan wanted BJP to win Delhi polls and if both the AAP leaders (Bhushan, Yogendra Yadav) wanted party to lose the elections they would have leaked the letters during campaigning.

Lambasting the AAP chief, Ilmi, former member of AAP maintains that whatever is happening in the party is all happening at the behest of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

“Arvind proposes, Manish Sisodia and gang disposes,” the BJP leader asserts.

10:30 am: Reacting to the developments, BJP leader Nalin Kohli questions AAP's fundamental issues of transparency and internal democracy, which the party itself professes.

10:15 am: Taking a dig at Kejriwal, Congress leader Manish Tewari says it would require more than naturopathy for AAP to improve their digestion with regard to power.

10:10 am: Prashant Bhushan speaks to the media, says AAP was founded on high principles of transparency, accountability, inner democracy and 'Swaraj', adding that he will will continue to fight for such aspects.

Bhusan says time has come for the country to know the whole truth about the whole episode. He further sates that the truth will come out soon.

Bhushan asserts, it’s good that those things which were being said through other people, allegations that were being made are now being openly made by some front line leaders of AAP.

Also Read: Whole truth will come out soon: Prashant Bhushan

9:55 am: AAP senior leader and Kejriwal confidante, Sanjay Singh says AAP members were deeply saddened to know that Prashant ji wanted the party to lose Delhi polls.

Party had to issue an statement as efforts were being made to create an impression that party has taken a biased decision, Singh says.

Also Read: AAP issued statement to dispel misconception of 'one sided action': Sanjay Singh

Yadav, Bhushans worked towards party's defeat in Delhi polls: AAP

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday issued a statement claiming that its senior leaders Shanti Bhushan, his son and noted lawyer Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav worked towards the defeat of the party in the recently concluded Delhi Assembly Elections.

The party, in its statement, said that Prashant Bhushan, who has been with Kejriwal ever since the Lokpal movement, used to call party leaders of other states and tried to convince them to not campaign for AAP in Delhi assembly polls.

Arvind Kejriwal's party has also made serious allegations that Prashant Bhushan – an eminent Supreme Court lawyer – tried to stop people from donating money to the party.

While trying to convince other AAP leaders not to campaign for the Delhi polls, Bhushan used to tell party members, "I won't campaign, you shouldn't either...Arvind needs to be taught a lesson."

The AAP further alleged that Bhushan used to threaten the leadership of holding a press conference against the party and damage its reputation ahead of assembly polls in Delhi.

The AAP statement says that 10 senior party leaders tried to convince the Bhushans not to make controversial statements in the media as it would hamper party's prospects in the Delhi polls.

The AAP also said that it has proof that Yadav tried to shackle the image of Arvind Kejriwal by planting negative stories in the media.

Fissures have been growing within the AAP ever since the three senior leaders had questioned the selection of candidates for the elections in the national capital.

The AAP secured a historic win by bagging 67 seats in the 70-member Delhi Assembly.

Bhushan and Yadav were voted out from the PAC during the National Executive meeting held last week after a section of the party alleged that they wanted to remove party chief Arvind Kejriwal from the post of the National Convenor.

The National Council is the third most important body in the party after all powerful Political Affairs Committee and the National Executive.

Last week, AAP leader Mayank Gandhi had strongly objected to the way senior PAC leaders Yadav and Bhushan were removed from the PAC.

In an aggressive blog, Gandhi described himself as a disciplined soldier of the party and said that the removal of both Yadav and Bhushan from the PAC went against the volunteer spirit of the AAP and was downright dishonest in both thinking as well as in action.

Earlier, Shanti Bhushan had alleged there was lack of 'internal democracy' in the party. Several prominent members have left the party with similar complaints, including legislator Vinod Kumar Binny, national executive member Ashok Agrawal and former national executive member and now member of the Bharatiya Janata Party Shazia Ilmi.

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