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Arvind Kejriwal says he is hurt and pained by the current situation in party

New Delhi(Web Team): Even as AAP’s National Executive have decided to meet on Wednesday to iron out differences, dissidents continue to openly speak against party leader Arvind Kejriwal. The national executive meeting may decide the future of senior leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan. The two leaders also reportedly offered to opt out of the Political Affairs Committee of the party.

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Party member HS Phoolka scathingly attacking senior party leader Yogendra Yadav, and maintained that the party’s campaign committee members had ensured his loss in the elections
BJP leader Shazia Ilmi on Tuesday described senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav as the spine of the party, adding that the duo had worked for the AAP with utmost sincerity.
11:25 IST Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Arvind Kejriwal has now spoken about the entire controversy. He said, ” Deeply hurt and pained by what is going on in the party; this is a betrayal of trust that Delhi posed in us”. Kejriwal refused to draw into the fight daying he will concentrate on governing Delhi.

11:14 IST Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Prashant Bhushan has decided to skip Wednesday’s National Executive meet due to prior commitment.

10:30 IST Tuesday, 3 March 2015

AAP leader percieved to be close to Arvind Kejriwal has released an audio tape to ‘prove’ that Yogendra Yadav is involved in anti-party activities. According to a report published in the Indian Express, Yogendra Yadav had given an off-record interview with 3-4 journalists where he was critical of party’s decision of not contesting elections in Haryana. The interview was taken way back in August 29. One of the journalist then working with The Hindu published a critical article on AAP’s election tactics. When Kejriwal’s close aide Bibhav Kumar called up the journalist to confront ‘factual error’, he got to know that the scribe got information from Yogendra Yadav. This piece of conversation has been now made public. The recording was played in the heated National Executive meeting on January 26 according to the newspaper. It may also feature prominently in tomorrow’s all- important meeting.
09:46 IST Tuesday, 3 March 2015

In an interview to a private news channel, Prashant Bhushan said that the party is suffering from the risk of becoming a one man show. Bhushan said that he believes the party can’t compromise on some core ideologies just for the sake of electoral benefits. But he alleged that Arvind believes in making some compromises. Bhushan rejected the charge that he is close to BJP and particularly Arun Jaitley. Bhushan also squashed insinuation made by spokesperson Sanjay Singh on Monday that he and Yogendra Yadav are looking to unseat Kejriwal from the top post of AAP. Bhushan was candid enough to admit that his line of communication with Arvind Kejriwal has broken down.

On Monday night, Yogendra Yadav said he along with Prashant Bhushan too had rejected his resignation as party chief.

However, he said that the party should not fall prey to personality cult. “We raised our hand. We said we cannot accept his resignation. He must continue to be the National Convenor because he deserves to be. “Because that is the best thing that can happen to this party. Because he is a symbol and icon for the party and new kind of politics not just in Delhi and the entire country,” Yadav said in an interview to a news channel.

Kejriwal had tendered his resignation in the National Executive meeting held last week. Crisis in the party intensified after Bhushan, in a letter to the national executive last week, said that the “one person-centric” campaign was making the party look like other parties and called for more “swaraj” within the organisation.

With Agency inputs

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