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Yogendra Yadav signs AAP paeans, distances from Mayank views

Yogendra Yadav signs AAP paeans, distances from Mayank views
A day after he was humiliated at the meeting of the National Executive of the Aam Aadmi Party, which he co-founded, psephologist-turned –politician Yogendra Yadav on Thursday refused to be drawn into any controversy claiming that the “idea of AAP was much bigger than any of us” and added, “Do not write off the AAP... Sometimes people talk about the AAP in the past tense but there is something in this party that it rises again.”

Yadav’s reaction came after another National Executive member Mayank Gandhi decided to go public about the meeting and castigate party leader and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal for the crisis. Gandhi incidentally on Wednesday had refused to participate in the crucial vote which sealed the fate of Yadav and his colleague Prashant Bhushan.

“Won’t talk about what happened at the national executive yesterday. I know Mayank has chosen to write on it and he has given his reasons. When prodded by reporters , Yadav said, “Finally, truth prevails,” and refused to offer any more comment on a blog written by AAP’s Mayank Gandhi in which the latter alleges that party chief Arvind Kejriwal had threatened to quit if Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan continued in the powerful PAC.

In an interview to a news channel later, Yadav, who has also been removed as the spokesperson of the party, said, “Arvind Kejriwal is an icon of honest politics, a symbol of hope to millions,” but added, “Arvind Kejriwal has iconic status but AAP isn’t a personality oriented party. Personality isn’t the real issue, internal democracy and principles are. I have deep faith that from all these problems something beautiful will emerge. I may not be there but how does that matter?”

On being asked whether or not he has taken any decision on staying in politics, he said “My being in a committee or not being in a committee will certainly not determine whether I’m in politics or not.”
Yadav said, “It is the voices of the workers that has kept the AAP on course. If our departure has helped serve the ideals of AAP, what more than two persons ask for? Whole spirit of AAP is not to reduce it to any other party; we have grown up opposing personality politics.”
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