Arvind Kejriwal immature, lacks organisational ability: Bhushan

The party does not agree with the comments made by Shanti Bhushan on some TV channels.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:August 14, 2014 2:57 am
Bhushan said Kejriwal lacked the competence that could spread the party’s message across India. Bhushan said Kejriwal lacked the competence that could spread the party’s message across India.

AAP founder member and former Union law minister Shanti Bhushan became the latest in a string of party supporters and members to question the functioning of AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday. He said the former Delhi chief minister was politically immature and lacked “organisational ability”.

While senior AAP leader Shazia Ilmi quit the party, alleging that a coterie made all the decisions, party ideologue Yogendra Yadav wrote a letter in June, which said the party was moving towards a “personality cult”.

In an interview to television channel NewsX, Bhushan said, “There are many people who are differing with Arvind Kejriwal on the issue of taking decisions. They feel that a much larger group of people must be taken into confidence when taking decisions and these should not be confined. I attribute it to the political immaturity and political inexperience of Kejriwal. While Kejriwal is a great campaigner and an asset for the party, he must recognise that he lacks certain qualities. He lacks the quality to organise the party on an all-India level, to create sense on issues with experts and formulate policy on issues. The identity of a party is its views on issues. If you hesitate on articulating the party’s position on issues, you are coming in the way of the party spreading throughout Delhi. He is well-intentioned but lacks political maturity.”

In another interview to TimesNow, Bhushan said Kejriwal lacked the competence that could spread the party’s message across India. “He lacks the competence which can quickly create elected structures of the party, which nobody will be able to blame. Therefore, this delay of about two years in getting the elected structure in place is a great handicap, which is resulting in different voices. Now today, since he does not owe his position as an elected person by the all-India members of the party, one cannot say his is the sole voice of the party. What I have said is that he should reorganise the party and share the responsibility with someone else, who has the talent and the skill to organise. He should remain the face and chief campaigner of the party,” Bhushan said.

In a strong response, the AAP said, “The party does not agree with the comments made by Shanti Bhushan on some TV channels. This political party was formed on the basic principle of internal democracy and tries its best to adhere to it at all levels. The criticism by Bhushan, who is himself one of the founding members of the party, on this issue is misplaced. The biggest example of internal democracy is the party’s decision to contest the Lok Sabha elections on a large number of seats, despite opposition from Kejriwal. The AAP was formed less than two years ago and is still in the evolving process. Many of the organisational concerns are being addressed as part of the ongoing developmental process.”

Senior party leader Ashutosh said, “We are the only party with inner-party democracy and it is unfortunate that these comments have been aired publicly. The AAP is fully with Kejriwal. Bhushan, who is a respected leader for us, wanted the party to contest elections in Haryana, but the decision against it was the decision of the PAC and the National Executive.” ‘Will you quit again’, Page 2

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    Sairam Kannaian
    Aug 18, 2014 at 9:13 am
    Of course he is a IAS and what you expect off these babu's
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    Dinesan Muliyan
    Aug 21, 2014 at 4:30 am
    Are you coming from Agra?
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    Dinesan Muliyan
    Aug 23, 2014 at 5:01 am
    But reading your comment it looks like person from some special people from Agra. All the people in the world know that Mr.Arvind Kejriwal is honest leader, very good organization skill, very good educational back ground, positive thinking person except helpers and slaves of Present and Past Political rulers.
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    Dinesan Muliyan
    Aug 21, 2014 at 4:35 am
    Explain please, What do you mean by immature and lacks organizational ability. I will give the correct answer for you
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    Dinesan Muliyan
    Aug 23, 2014 at 4:27 am
    oooo.... English Man/Woman or Nameless Man/Woman, You don't have any name? I don't know you are a man or lady? or both? I have asked you to explanation for his immaturity, I mean with an example. According to me he is having very good organization skill and much matured man in India, Honest and excellent Political Leader at Present Century. You don't understand why he is working hard? People like you are the waste for the country.
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    Aug 13, 2014 at 9:48 pm
    AK is finally being recognized for what he is
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    Rabindra Nath Roy
    Aug 21, 2014 at 10:35 am
    Of all the places I fail to understand why at all the senior most and wise person like Shanti Bhushan had to go to media to talk about what he talked. I am a person far away from the activities of AAP which is at present concentrated in Delhi but am a firm believer in the capability of Arvind Kejriwal. What is the quality one needs to be a capable organiser ? what is that one needs to be a mature Politician ? All that one needs in my view is the Honesty and upper most quality that is to accept the mistake and apologise for the same. Unfortunately that is not the trend in India for a Politician. If one needs to be capable in getting vote then you have Modi and BJP is the right party. AAP is most unconventional organisation that people in this world in a democratic setup have ever known of and the mistake ? yes, one makes and Arvind Kejriwal has the guts to accept his mistakes and he has sought apologies as well from his adversaries. May be Shanti BhushaN JEE thinks otherwise. For Shajia llmi one can say young lady need publicity and she is born out of media and from time to time she must appear in media. I have not or for that matter any one in AAP haVE EVER HEARD FROM SHAJIA that she has made mistakes. AAP must not have any place or soft corner for such person who think he or she does not make mistake. In Bengali there is a proverb - যত দোষ, নন্দ ঘোষ meaning not my mistake but someone else's. But for our elder brother Shanti Bhushan I have an advise though I m much younger and not wiser enough to match him or any one else that he should not have gone to media particularly when Delhi Elections are round the corner. Why cant he talk to Arvind Kejriwall ? That would be more helpful for lthe person as well as the organisation. Please Shanti bhai...
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    Rajdatt Manjrekar
    Aug 14, 2014 at 8:38 am
    Senior and mature persons like Mr. Shanti Bhushan should have known this earlier, even common people like us knew that this character is dhila. Or is it that Khujli did not share profits with him and hence this outburst.
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