AAP truce likely on cards as Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan excepted sits on table

New Delhi, Aradhna Wal: A reconciliation in the fractured Aam Aadmi Party looks possible, as meetings between formerly embittered ‘camps’ are in full swing. A conversation, on phone if not in person, is expected soon between AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal and party leader Prashant Bhushan.

Since Kejriwal returned to Delhi a truce has been fast-tracked from all sides. It is learnt that Kejriwal was mightily displeased with the way the party’s official statement, justifying Bhushan and fellow AAP leader Yogendra Yadav voted off the party’s Parliamentary Affairs Committee, made matters worse for all. It was put out on March 10 by senior leaders Sanjay Singh, Gopal Rai, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia and national secretary Pankaj Gupta. The leaders are said to have justified their actions as necessary to handle the fallout of the March 4, National Executive meet where the vote was taken. Kejriwal purportedly told them to sort it out in person with Bhushan and Yadav.

Hence the long meeting with Yadav Monday night.

Sources say that Bhushan feels it necessary to speak personally to Kejriwal, not through mediators, to rebuild the trust the two shared. Meetings between camp representatives– Professors Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha for Bhushan and Yadav and Ashish Khetan, Ashutosh and Sanjay Singh for Kejriwal – took place again Wednesday night. Sources say that there is “goodwill from all sides” and the results of Tuesday’s PAC meeting were astounding. The PAC, which met after the first meeting of the representatives, announced that the party would discuss which states to fight elections in and create a committee to look after volunteers, two key demands of Bhushan and Yadav.

Bhushan and Yadav are also in constant consultation and Yadav is not expected agree to anything not acceptable Bhushan. Since things are moving in a positive manner, albeit tentatively, both sides are cautious of public statements. However, it is clear to the party that the Bhushan and Yadav are not without support within AAP. Even the March 4 vote was a close one. Now, sources say, a petition is circulating among AAP volunteers in India and abroad to reverse that decision and bring Bhushan and Yadav back into the PAC. Some 10,000 people are said to have signed, a significant number in the run up to the crucial National Council meet on March 28, where a resolution to the whole affair is expected.