NEW DELHI (TIP): Is it all over for Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav? By all indications, yes.
The reconciliation efforts within APP have gone nowhere. Sources inside the party say it has been a dialogue of the deaf from the beginning. While the Bhushan-Yadav camp has shown some urgency in patch-up efforts, Kejriwal, the man who matters most, has not reciprocated.
In fact, after his return from Bangalore he has not gone beyond making an expression of displeasure at the acrimonious attacks both factions have resorted to in public. Sources in the party say there has been no effort from his side to meet the dissenters duo.
While there has been a series of private meetings involving peace-makers from each side, there has been no movement forward and the result has been conspicuous in its absence.
Even the meeting of Admiral Ramdas, the party’s internal Lokapal with Kejriwal, has yielded no result. The pressure from volunteers across the country has not been able to break the stalemate either.
There’s an informal meeting of many members of the council on March 27 in Delhi – most of them are from outside the capital state – where they are expected to raise serious concerns over the developments in the party. The members may be sympathetic towards Bhushan and Yadav, but there’s little scope for them to influence the decision on the duo that has already been made.
Firstpost had reported earlier that both Bhushan and Yadav would be thrown out of the party at the National Council meet on March 28 and Kejriwal would step down as national convener.
The first part of this is likely to play out on Saturday. There’s no clarity yet on the Delhi chief minister’s next move. The letter to Kejriwal from the duo, the party’s intellectual faces, reveals that things stand excatly where they did a month ago, when the infighting first became public. It also shows that their time in the AAP may be over.