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WATCH VIDEO: Before duo’s expulsion, Kejriwal told council, ‘Knifed in back, betrayed’

Kejriwal says “he was betrayed” and ends with an appeal to the council to choose between them and him.

By: Express News Service Written by Dipankar Ghose | New Delhi | Updated: March 30, 2015 9:58 am
arvind kejriwal, yogendra yadav, AAP, aam aadmi party, prashant bhushan The Delhi Chief Minister said he was pained over what was happening in the party and preferred to stay away from it. (Express photo)

A day after the party removed senior leaders Prashant Bhushan, Yogendra Yadav, Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha from the National Executive, the AAP on Sunday released a 45-minute video of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s impassioned speech against the rebel faction. In the speech, Kejriwal says “he was betrayed” and “knifed in the back”, and ends with an appeal to the council to choose between them and him.

Supporters of Yadav and Bhushan, however, alleged the video was clearly edited with “cuts in the recording visible to the naked eye”, in an attempt to mask the “hooliganism” that went on during his speech.

The video which was released was posted on micro-blogging site Twitter:

In his address to the National Council, Kejriwal said the AAP had lost gains made in the Delhi elections because of the infighting. “I have been thinking that in all that has happened in the past month-and-a-half, who benefited? Did Kejriwal strengthen? Did Prashant Bhushan strengthen?… It is the BJP and the Congress that have strengthened.”

Kejriwal said instead of paying attention to the progress that had been made in the past month, it was the infighting that had caught the attention of newspapers and the electronic media.

Kejriwal said he used to have utmost faith in Bhushan and even went to jail at “one ishaara by Bhushan” in court, referring to the time he spent in Tihar for failure to furnish a bail bond in a defamation case.

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He made many allegations, including that Yadav had given interviews against him “full of poison” and that Bhushan prevented people from donating and working towards Delhi’s win in politics. “We were trying to win the elections, others were bent on defeating us… yes, we have come to win elections, not lose them, but we will do it with honesty,” Kejriwal said.

Towards the end of the speech, Kejriwal even threatens to resign, narrating a story based on King Solomon. He said he would walk away but not destroy the party.

The faction backing Yadav and Bhushan, however, said the video – uploaded by AAP’s official social networking platforms – had been edited to show only one part of the story and hide the “misbehaviour” meted out to dissenters.

Rajeev Godara, a spokesperson of the Haryana state unit and National Council member, said, “Near the 13-minute mark, Kejriwal said he did not want this to be shown live because it was an in-house matter and he was talking to his family. This has been edited out. The hooliganism and manhandling of NC members… all that is missing.

At one point, the video shows Sanjay Singh asking people to refrain from dhakka-mukki with the visuals quickly moving on. There was a fracas for at least five minutes, which has been made five seconds. If they have nothing to hide, why edit it at all? The biggest proof is that they allege Ramazan Choudhary, who was assaulted, was only asked to keep quiet when Kejriwal was speaking because he heckled him. That is entirely missing from the video,” Godara said.

AAP spokesperson Deepak Bajpai said, “The video has only been uploaded because volunteers wanted to hear what the National Convenor had to say. Since yesterday, many have been making wild allegations and we do not want to dignify these with a response.”

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  1. Haradhan Mandal
    Mar 29, 2015 at 9:41 pm
    New AAP is a new KHAAP Panchayat. TRUE to their (Kejriwal and his coterie) roots in Delhi and it ambiance - It has become Kejriwal Highhanded and Autocratic Party. They called their 'somber and grave' looking, hookah-smoking KHAP panchayat meeting and removed everyone who is against the their 'BIRADARI'!
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      Sam
      Mar 30, 2015 at 4:34 am
      Really AK ...........😚😪😪😪😪 Please continue to fool Delhites as you did in the last 2 elections. Each time more than the time before. Always never your fault!!!!!!! SHAME on you Delhites.............. and more shame if you continue to be fooled Jai AAP (Arvind and Arvind's Party )
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        Anuradha Kalhan
        Mar 29, 2015 at 8:11 pm
        Kejriwal, is accurate in his diagnosis of the problem consuming the righteous brothers Bhushan and Yadav so soon after the formation of the Delhi government!! Such are the trials by fire and more fire that a political life deals with. It makes steel out of those who survive. One can only hope that this steel will have a heart, soul and spirit that is intact. This should also give Kejriwal will to strengthen the party and its inner democracy, systems of representation and redress. This fire would then be worthwhile even as it destroys the old formation.
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        1. Dipjyoti Bhuyan
          Mar 31, 2015 at 9:35 am
          The way the four senior leaders of AAP have been removed is not acceptable. They had not been given any opportunity to defend their matters. It is against the natural justice. This can be done by facist only. We had no expectation from AAP of such behaviour. AK may go to any extent to retain leadership and even he may leave AAP (because by now he has 67 MLAs with him) as witnessed from his speech. It is not believed to be backstapped. Only power game. AAP has lost its creditability. Very difficult to recover. Good person should leave AAP for the best interest of the country. The AAP is seemed to be worst party as on date. They can removed their internal Lokpal without giving him any prior information. What can you expect more from such a party under the leadership of Arvind Kejriwal.
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          1. Bobby Cherian
            Mar 29, 2015 at 5:23 pm
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