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AAP duo tried to sabotage polls, discredit Arvind

The divide in Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has widened with both the warring groups intensifying attack on each other. The party on Tuesday came out with first official statement, jointly released by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Transport Minister Gopal Rai, party’s general secretary Pankaj Gupta and political affairs committee member Sanjay Singh, defending the national executive’s decision to oust senior leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav from the powerful Political Affairs Committee (PAC). On the other hand, the rebel duo alleged “coercion of MLAs and volunteers to suppress the truth.”

Launching a scathing attack on Prashant Bhushan, Yogendra Yadav and Shanti Bhushan, all founding members, the statement accused them of working for the party’s defeat and maligning the image of Arvind Kejriwal. The statement blamed Bhushan and Yadav of working to ensure party’s defeat in Delhi Assembly elections, besides planting negative reports in media. According to sources, the party is likely to expel the duo from National Executive as well on which a decision could be taken on March 28 in the meeting of Executive Council which is empowered to call back members of the NE.

The party said that the they had to issue this statement to counter the public statements being made by the two leaders. The party accused Bhushan of asking party leaders not to come to Delhi to campaign for AAP, and even attempting to stop donations to the party. It alleged that Bhushan told party leaders that a defeat in the Delhi elections was “necessary to get Arvind Kejriwal to his senses.”

The statement further alleged that the two leaders “planted stories” and briefed media “off the record” to discredit AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal. Meanwhile reacting on the fresh allegations Bhushan said, “It is good that the allegations that were being made by other people are now being made by some of the frontline leaders of the party. I think time has come for the whole country to know about the matter.” Yadav said in a separate statement said, “I welcome the statement by four colleagues. This begins the possibility of transparent dialogue.”
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