In a dramatic vote within the Aam Aadmi Party’s political affairs committee Senior AAP leaders Yogendra Yadav (party’s official spokesperson) and Prashant Bhushan have been voted out of the party’s political affairs committee and Yadav has also been asked to step down as the party’s official spokesperson, news channels reported late this evening.
Considered to be the pillars of the party’s organisation structure, Bhushan and Yadav refused to comment on the developments that took place during the meeting and said they were volunteers of the party and would take up whatever role the party offered.
Eleven members voted against Prashant and Yogendra being a part of the PAC, while eight voted in favour of them, CNN-IBN reported.
Speaking to reporters post the meeting, party spokesperson Kumar Vishwas said, “the national executive has decided to relieve Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan from the PAC… they will be given new responsibilities. The party has reiterated that everyone stands united.”
On Kejriwal’s resignation as national convener, Vishwas said: “the party has rejected Kejriwal’s resignation.”
Speaking with AAP supporter Jas told The Indian Panorama that Kejriwal should not have offered to resign and should have taken the internal rift lightly and handled it in an open debate.
After the Delhi polls it is very likely that if Kejriwal’s resignation was accepted; he would have apologized for the step taken and would again contested the internal elections (if any) for the Aam Aadmi Party’s national convenor post.
“We wish the AAP does not make the same mistakes again that they made last year; To be honest within 30 days the rift being sparked does point out the anarchist nature of Arvind Kejriwal” said Umapathi (one of the loyalist of the AAP) from Bengaluru.