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AAP panel to take action against rebels

The Arvind Kejriwal led AAP will take action against dissident party leaders Prashant Bhushan, Yogendra Yadav and two others for organising ‘Swaraj Samwad’ - an open dialogue - against the party’s wish, a leader said here on Wednesday, after a two hour long Political Affairs Committee meeting. However, there was no word on Timarpur MLA Pankaj Pushkar who had openly sided with the rebels.

Taking to the media after the PAC meeting at Chief Minister Kejriwal’s residence, Sanjay Singh said: “We have referred the matter of Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan, Ajit Jha and Anand Kumar holding the ‘Swaraj Samwad’ to the national disciplinary committee. It will take suitable action.” He, however, refused to comment on when the action would be taken.

Yadav and Bhushan, ousted from the party’s national executive on March 28 for alleged “anti-party” activities, held a day-long conference on Tuesday that was attended by over 4,000 people, mostly AAP volunteers.

The event was seen by the party as an attempt to break the AAP led by Kejriwal. However, Yadav, Bhushan and Kumar have denied any intention to split or leave the party.

Earlier in the day, Yadav and Bhushan hinted at forming a political party and also named Kumar as the national convener of the steering committee of ‘Swaraj Abhiyan’ -- a non-political movement to establish ‘swaraj’ (self-rule) in the country’s cultural, political, economic and social fields.

The development came a day after the rebel AAP faction led by Yadav and Bhushan stopped sort of splitting the party by floating a new group at the Swaraj Samwad convention organised at Gurgaon on Tuesday.

The senior party leaders had already warned of taking serious action against those attending the Swaraj Samwad convention organised by Yadav and Bhushan in Gurgaon on Tuesday.

Swaraj Samwad to be run on collective principle: Yadav

A day post the “Swaraj Samwad”, dissident AAP leader Yogendra Yadav on Wednesday said that Swaraj Samwad was neither a political party nor an NGO, adding that it would have “collective leadership” and would not be “individual” centric. Clarifying that he and Prashant Bhushan were still part of the Aam Aadmi Party, Yadav said: “Swaraj Samwad is not a political party or an NGO. We will be under the RTI.”

In an apparent reference to AAP leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Yadav said: “We will have collective leadership – it will not be about an individual.” Addressing a press conference, Yadav also said that swaraj yatras (tours) would be held across the country through which the message of “alternative politics” would be disseminated.

“We will form a new agenda and work in accordance,” he added. However, Bhushan hinted that the movement may transform into a political party saying that that the final decision will be taken after the campaign’s success is analysed in a few years’ time.

Yadav along with Bhushan had organised the day-long national conference, ‘Swaraj Samwad’ – a dialogue on the present and future of alternative politics on Tuesday and said that a steering committee would also be formed. The two founding leaders were sacked from AAP’s National Executive on March 28.
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