AAP rebels meet in Bangalore to chalk out plans

AAP rebels met Sri Sri Ravishankar and Anna Hazare to discuss the failure of AAP and the future tactics of the rebels

Written by Johnson T A | Banglore | Published: June 13, 2014 9:00 pm
Ashwini Upadhyay AAP rebels met to brood on AAP’s failure

One week after the meeting of the national executive of the Aam Aadmi Party, a 55-member rebel group opposed to the existing leadership of the party gathered under the ‘Save AAP’ banner at spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living facility on the outskirts of Bangalore on Friday for a three-day conference.

The meeting was primarily attended by rebel members from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

It is likely to see the attendance of former AAP founder member Madhu Bhaduri, former Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde, former AAP Karnataka treasurer K N Chandrakanth over the next two days, according to expelled AAP founder member Ashwini Upadhyay, who is playing a central role in the rebellion.

The rebels will hold talks with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Anna Hazare, who were at the heart of the anti-corruption movement that gave rise to AAP over the next few days to decided on the future tactics of the rebels, Upadhyay said.

“Today the discussions revolved around why AAP failed in the elections. We had a district wise analysis on some of things that could have been done. Tomorrow more members are expected to attend and broader subjects will be looked at,” he said.

“We will speak to Anna Hazare over the phone and will have a chintan baitak with Guruji (Sri Sri Ravishankar),” he said. Former AAP leader Shazia Ilmi, who is currently in the US, was also expected to attend the meeting, Upadhyay claimed.

Many of the participants in the rebel Save AAP meeting here were members disgruntled with party functioning, including many from the Mangalore unit of AAP – the first to be formed in Karnataka.
They have written letters over the past few weeks to the national leadership of AAP over decisions and people being thrust upon them by the AAP national executive.

Core members of AAP, who did not wish to be identified, alleged the rebel meeting being held under the aegis of the Art of Living was an indication that it is an RSS-driven move to break the AAP movement. “There seems to be a sinister plot. It is strange that the rebels are meeting in that location,” an AAP member said.

Upadhyay, however, rubbished the RSS link allegations and claimed that the meeting was being held at the Art of Living facility because the India Against Corruption movement that was the precursor to AAP was mostly populated by volunteers from AOL.

“There is no specific agenda in hosting the meeting at AOL. They will say anything to run us down. We have people from all communities here. How can it be RSS driven,” Upadhyay said.
AAP’s national executive member Prithvi Reddy, when contacted, said people like Upadhyay and Swaroop Nayak were self-proclaimed founders of AAP, who emerged on the scene after the party had taken shape. He said only two AAP members from Karnatake were in attendance at the rebel meeting.

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    Krishna Padmanabhan
    Jun 14, 2014 at 2:14 pm
    Every time I write something against Anna and/or in support of Arvind, my comments are removed. What kind of editing is this? Is this the Indian Express that fought so valiantly during the Emergency for freedom of expression? Today I had a comment on this article, and it has been removed. If you do not want criticism or comments which do not agree with you then you should not be in this business. Remember Voltaire: I may not agree with your views, but I will defend to my last breath your right to state them.
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      Krishna Padmanabhan
      Jun 15, 2014 at 9:06 am
      Ludicrous! The pretend hian Anna Hazare shamelessly accepted the toothless Lokpal bill of the Congress. Sri Sri is a religious Guru - politicians should keep shy of mahants, ministers and mullahs. India is a secular democracy, not a theocratic basket case. Arvind is far superior in his thinking, commitment and integrity as compared to these men. Such an honest and honourable man he is, the likes of whom appear but rarely on the face of this earth. His party men and women should support him and seek his advice. But deluded as some his party is, they do not see this and seek sustenance from the Hazares and religious folk of this world. Ghar ka murgha dal barabar. Sad!
      1. C
        Jun 13, 2014 at 7:31 pm
        Not AAP rebels , but Team AK's rebel AAPians. Glad to know that attempts are done to save AAP.
        1. R
          Jun 15, 2014 at 9:36 am
          are the opportunist leaving AAP? and exploring the possibility of joining other party, dont forget AAP is the future hope
          1. Sarvopagunavarjita Raghav
            Jun 16, 2014 at 5:29 am
            Pelase don't attribute any 'ism' to AAP, it is an Agile 21st century organisation which is solution oriented, and will change isms as and when needed as long as the goal of putting an honest system of governance is put in place in India.
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