AAP leaders deny split, claim they are united

Amid infighting and resignations by senior leaders, the Aam Aadmi Party on Friday denied any split within its fold and stressed that it was united.

By Deepak Nagpal | Last Updated: Jun 06, 2014, 19:32 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau/ Deepak Nagpal

New Delhi: Amid infighting and resignations by senior leaders, the Aam Aadmi Party on Friday denied any split within its fold and stressed that it was united.

Speaking after the national executive meet of the party here, senior leader Prashant Bhushan acknowledged that there were organisational problems in the party.

“There are bound to be problems in any new party,” Bhushan told reporters.

In response to a question, Bhushan said “we have internal democracy and there was no problem in raising issues”.
His remarks were in apparent reference to the recent resignation of key leaders Shazia Ilmi, Yogendra Yadav and Anjali Damania. While Ilmi quit the party, Damania withdrew her resignation after initially quitting. Yadav has resigned from all party posts and raised several issues, while also questioning the functioning of the party.

Bhushan today said the issues raised by Yogendra Yadav will be discussed by the party.

Meanwhile, sources said Damania has been given the responsibility to bring back Ilmi back into the party.

AAP leader Sanjay Singh said all resignations were under discussion and that none had been accepted so far.

If Shazia Ilmi comes back, we will be happy, he told reporters.
The national executive meeting came in the wake of a war of words between AAP leader Manish Sisodia and Yogendra Yadav.

Sisodia had yesterday written a letter to party colleague Yogendra Yadav and criticised him for bringing his internal fight with another party leader before the media and public, thereby tainting the party`s image.

In the letter, Sisodia said: "In the last 15 days, there has been an intense fight between you and Naveen Jaihind. However, it is very sad that you have bought the fight in front of the public and the media, because of which the party`s image is getting tainted."

Sisodia said that since Yadav could not take disciplinary action against Naveen Jaihind, he dragged AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal into their personal fight and put him in bad light.

"It is also shocking that in your (Yadav`s) email you have alleged that Arvind Kejriwal doesn`t listen to the political affairs committee`s (PAC) suggestions. As long as Arvind listened to you, he was nice, but now he is not," Sisodia questioned Yadav.

Yadav had on May 31 resigned from the membership of the party`s political affairs committee, taking responsibility for the AAP`s poor performance in Haryana in the Lok Sabha elections.

Naveen Jaihind, who is also a prominent face of the AAP in Haryana, also resigned from the membership of the national executive committee.