Yogendra Yadav removed as AAP chief spokesperson, 20-member new panel appointed

The Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday night removed Yogendra Yadav from from the post of chief spokesperson.

Updated: Mar 31, 2015, 23:49 PM IST

Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday night removed Yogendra Yadav from from the post of chief spokesperson.

It also appointed a new 20-member spokespersons panel, who are reportedly Arvind Kejriwal loyalists.

Along with Yadav, Prashant Bhushan and Anand Kumar were also removed as spokespersons while announcing a new 20-member panel packed with Arvind Kejriwal loyalists to interact with the media.

Atishi Marlena, who was one of the prominent spokespersons of the party during the election campaign, was also dropped.

New panel of spokespersons include Sanjay Singh, Kumar Vishwas, Ilyas Azmi and Pankaj Gupta, Ashutosh and Ashish Khetan.

The other members of the panel are MLAs Saurabh Bharadwaj, Adarsh Shastri, Kapil Mishra and Alka Lamba and MP Bhagwant Mann in the panel.

Senior advocate HS Phoolka and Rahul Mehra will also interact with the media. The party has also retained Raghav Chaddha in the panel.

After Bhushan was removed as party's national disciplinary committee chief yesterday, speculation was rife that Yadav may be next to face the axe as the party's chief spokesperson.

"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 had said yesterday, as per PTI.

Interestingly, Yadav was the only leader who had been designated as chief spokesperson when AAP constituted the panel of its spokespersons.

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

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

Meanwhile, mulling their future course of action, Yadav and Bhushan have convened a meeting of their supporters on April 14, amid speculation that they may a float a separate political party.

Yadav had refused to answer any question on their next move during an interview to PTI yesterday except to state that their supporters, volunteers and well-wishers would meet on BR Ambedkar's birthday on April 14.

"My opinion is that the spirit of the AAP movement has to be kept alive. We must march forward. We must not allow these incidents and negativity to affect us. We should move forward. The way to move forward would be to generate energy in the country," Yadav had said without elaborating further.

Yadav and Bhushan were expelled from the National Executive at a meeting of the National Council on March 28, weeks after they were removed from party's Political Affairs Committee.

(With PTI inputs)