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AAP rubbishes reports on Ramdas removal

AAP rubbishes reports on Ramdas removal
A section of media had reported on Thursday that Ramdas could face heat from some of his colleagues over his controversial letter lamenting differences, which acted as a catalyst to public spat between leaders.  “AAP holds Admiral Ramdas in high esteem and appreciates his role as an impartial Lokpal who never interfered in the party’s decision-making process, nor made an attempt to take sides on any issue. The party rejects all frustrated attempts to drag the name of Admiral Ramdas into the controversy, which is unfortunate and against ethics,” AAP said in a statement.

“The party views as highly inappropriate for any individual or organisation to speculate about the Lokpal, which is a unique feature in Indian political system. AAP considers it a privilege to have been able to convince Admiral Ramdas to take over the role of its ombudsman and will be always thankful to him for having agreed to render his services for this critical role,” the statement added.

The party further said that Admiral Ramdas will continue to be an important guide for the party as it prepares to take on new responsibilities and challenges. Meanwhile, senior AAP senior leader Prashant Bhushan said, “There is no question of removing Admiral Ramdas from the party. He is an important pillar of the party.”

Ramdas had addressed a scathing letter to AAP’s national executive a day ahead of its meeting on February 26, expressing anguish over the growing divide and trust deficit among the senior leadership. The internal communique, which was leaked to the media two days later, confirmed that there were several instances when the bickering threatened to split AAP.
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