Even as the AAP ousted four senior leaders from its National Executive on Saturday, the two warring factions continued to discuss their next course of action. While the AAP is likely to move towards initiating a probe which could lead to the expulsion of the four leaders, the rebel faction of the AAP could question the validity of Saturday’s National Council (NC) meeting with either the Election Commission (EC) or a court and demand that another NC meeting be convened.
Sources said it was now clear that Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan, Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha have no future in the AAP, and will be removed from the party entirely. Sources said to do so, the AAP could take up the issue with the disciplinary committee.
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“The issue relates to indiscipline during Delhi polls. The matter can be taken up by the Delhi Disciplinary committee which will conduct a probe. The results could lead to their expulsion,” a source said. In a move to dissuade members from not toeing the party line in public, the AAP also gave full powers to the Political Affairs Committee to take disciplinary action against “any member who issues media statements against the party line in a bid to tarnish its image”. The decision was taken by the NC on Saturday, the party said.
Meanwhile, the faction led by Bhushan and Yadav have questioned the constitutionality of the NC meeting and maintained that the NC’s decision could be challenged on various platforms. “It is true that we can approach the court. We can also take up the issue with the EC. The NC meeting can be convened again,” Bhushan said.
Sources said, “There was no clarity on who the members of the NC were, despite attempts to find out. Therefore, there is grave doubt on whether those who voted were NC members or not.”
However, sources close to Yadav and Bhushan said no decision has been taken yet and that many strategies are open to them including forming a “front” of their own.