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Rift within AAP widens; crucial party meet today

Breaking his silence on the issue, Kejriwal said he was “hurt and pained” by what was going on within the outfit as all this has “betrayed” the trust imposed by the people. However, Kejriwal said he refuses to be drawn into this “ugly battle” and will concentrate on Delhi’s governance.

On the other hand, his camp launched an all out attack on the Bhushans. Ashish Khetan, a key member of the AAP’s Delhi unit, accused party patron Shanti Bhushan and his son and daughter — Prashant and Shalini — of wanting to control all the wings of the party. “Those who are floating the ridiculous one man party theory wanted to make AAP one family party,” Khetan said on Twitter.

Ashutosh said Bhushan should have raised his issues at the National Executive meeting and not before the media. Shanti Bhushan, a founder member, sought to play down the rift, asking both Prashant and Yadav to support Kejriwal.

Meanwhile, speculations are rife that AAP convenor Kejriwal will not attend the national executive (NE) meeting scheduled on Wednesday at Kapashera. AAP has not confirmed his participation and in all probability he will skip it on grounds of ailing health to let the crisis within diffuse by itself.

According to party sources, Kejriwal will leave for Bengaluru on Wednesday evening, where he would be treated in a reputed naturopathy institute. The national executive meeting will decide on the fate of Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, sources added.
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