Aam Aadmi Party suspends Rohini MLA Rajesh Garg for ‘anti-party activities’

Early last year, the party had expelled its Laxmi Nagar MLA Vinod Kumar Binny for indulging in “anti-party activities”.

Written by Aditi Vatsa | New Delhi | Updated: March 17, 2015 9:44 am
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Three days after it emerged that he had recorded Arvind Kejriwal telling him to “break the Congress” before the dissolution of the Delhi Assembly in 2014, the AAP on Monday suspended former Rohini MLA Rajesh Garg from primary membership of the party for an entirely different reason — for breaking party discipline in the run-up to the Delhi elections, including allegedly “heckling senior leader Ashutosh” during a jan sabha.

AAP leaders said they had received a complaint in this regard in writing and maintained that it was just a coincidence that the suspension came after the sting emerged, which Garg then alleged had been leaked by senior leader Kumar Vishwas.

“There is a due process for these things. During the elections, these things were spoken, but there was no official complaint. Now that there has been one, the Delhi disciplinary committee has taken action in terms of suspension based on prima facie evidence. The decision has been taken because of continued anti-party activities. In the run-up to the Delhi Assembly elections, there was an incident where Rajesh Garg misbehaved with senior AAP leader Ashutosh and heckled him. Ashutosh had to scale a wall to escape,” Dilip Pandey, AAP’s Delhi unit secretary, said.

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Leaders said the Delhi disciplinary committee include Satyendra Jain, Ashutosh and Atishi Marlena. “The suspension will be effective until further inquiry. The disciplinary committee will decide what has to be done with Garg,” Pandey said.

“The suspension will be effective until further inquiry. The disciplinary committee will decide what is to be done with Garg,” Pandey said.
In January, prior to the Assembly polls, Ashutosh had allegedly been heckled by a group led by Garg during a public meeting in Rohini. While Garg was among the 28 MLAs of the party in 2013, the AAP had given the Rohini ticket to Charanji Lal Gupta this time.

While Garg maintained that he had not received any official communication from the party on his suspension, he served a legal notice to AAP leader Kumar Vishwas for allegedly defaming him.

“Kumar Vishwas and some other party leaders have been saying things against me which are not true. I have served him a legal notice. I am waiting for Kejriwal to comment on the entire issue. Let the facts of the case emerge,” Garg said.

According to the legal notice, Garg had handed over the audio-recording to Vishwas “in the best interest” of the party, but Vishwas allegedly leaked it to defame Garg.

The notice further read that Vishwas “falsely alleged” that Garg was a “black-mailer and an opportunistic person” who “was also seeking a ticket for contesting the elections from Rohini”.

The notice also points to Vishwas’s tweet on March 11 — “Mr failed conspirator Rajesh Garg ji, I had forwarded the audio clip to the party the same day you tried to black me with the same. That was when you tried to exchange a Vidhan Sabha Ticket with this audio… remember? Denied a ticket, u r free to do whatever you wish”.

This is the second time that the AAP has taken such action against a party leader. Early last year, the party had expelled its Laxmi Nagar MLA Vinod Kumar Binny for indulging in “anti-party activities”. Binny later joined the BJP and contested the polls from Patparganj against Manish Sisodia.

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  1. G
    Mar 17, 2015 at 8:24 am
    Now that AK's henchmen are talking to YoYa and PraBhu faction, wonder whose head will role as sacrifice from AK camp? My best bet is on Ashish Khetan but The Ashutosh is also a possibility or Kumar Vishwas has an outside chance.
    1. P
      Mar 17, 2015 at 5:59 pm
      As long as these jokers keep themselves confined to Delhi, they are full paisa vasool type entertainment. Jhgda hai, gaana hai, sting hai, emotion hai, poetry hai, dharna hai, aur kya chahiye aapko ? They can't do much damage in Delhi, as they don't control much.
      1. K
        Kaptan singh
        Mar 17, 2015 at 1:04 pm
        i dont understand..where is Mr.Ak and where his aggressive working styles..people, s of new Delhi choose him to do something however totally out of control.. its like a shipping sailing with out out proper captaincy...
        1. M
          madan gupta
          Mar 17, 2015 at 7:56 am
          Garg should be given security, Kejriwal will arrange goons from Dubai to remove garg from the way.
          1. M
            madan gupta
            Mar 17, 2015 at 7:25 am
            He exposed the anti Hindu policy of Kejriwal. Kejri is master in horse trading getting monet from D company of Dubai. Garg should ask for security of his life lest his Kejri people from Dubai may kill him.
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