Arvind Kejriwal does damage control, rejects Yogendra Yadav’s resignation

Earlier this week, Yadav had written to some senior AAP leaders explaining his decision to quit from the PAC.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: June 8, 2014 8:29 am
Earlier this week, Yadav had written to some senior AAP leaders explaining his decision to quit from the PAC. Earlier this week, Yadav had written to some senior AAP leaders explaining his decision to quit from the PAC.

With the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) grappling with infighting, party chief Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday held a meeting of the National Executive to iron out differences.
The party rejected the resignations tendered by senior leaders Yogendra Yadav and Naveen Jaihind from the  Political Affairs Committee and the National Executive, and announced that the two bodies may be expanded.

Kejriwal said concerns raised by party leaders were discussed. “All differences in the party have been resolved. We are deliberating on the what the organisational structure should be. It is possible that the Political Affairs Committee can be expanded.”

Senior AAP leader Kumar Vishwas, who had left early from the National Executive meeting on Friday, did not turn up for the Saturday meeting. On a social networking site, Vishwas posted that he had high fever.

Kejriwal said he will try to speak to Shazia Ilmi, the AAP leader who resigned from all party posts in May over lack of “inner-party democracy”. With Ilmi not having ruled out her re-joining the AAP, Kejriwal said he would “personally try to reach out to her”.

Earlier this week, Yadav had written to some senior AAP leaders explaining his decision to quit from the PAC. In the letter, Yadav had raised concerns on unchecked powers being given to Kejriwal and faults decision making process in the party.

Breaking his silence on Saturday, Yadav said he was “happy that issues raised” by him “had been discussed by the party. Stating that “this political opportunity was greater than any grievances”, Yadav said, “The day I had quit from the PAC, some colleagues had asked me to withdraw my resignation. But, I had felt that there should be a discussion on several issues.”

“My resignation was not connected to Naveen Jaihind. I had explained my concerns to the PAC. I feel happy that in the AAP, you can have differing views on issues but still discuss them ,” Yadav added.

Meanwhile, senior leaders Prashant Bhushan and Sanjay Singh said the decision to reject the resignations were unanimously taken by the National Executive.

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    Indus
    Jun 8, 2014 at 4:12 am
    We are deliberating on the what the organisational structure should be. Kejriwal's new Subhaham. This maverick contested 400 parliamentary seats even without an organisational structure! And this man wanted to get all media attention by contesting against Modi. By now he would have realised that Modi is no Sheila Dik and BJP is not congress. Nobody has the false notion that Kejriwal will change for the best This is evident in the drama he created in court room by refusing to furnish the bail bond soon after his electoral debacle . Pity on those who are still flocking to AAP thinking that this fraud of man will give them right direction
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    DINESH RASIKLAL
    Jun 8, 2014 at 2:44 am
    This is only a storm in a tea cup. Differences of opinions are healthy as part of the maturing process in a new and truly Democratic Party like the AAP. Our all other existing political parties including BJP and Congress don't qualify to be called truly democratic. Worse infightings have happened earlier in all the parties but the general public have rarely come to know as these parties are not democratic and open as the AAP. The good, credible & clean AAP is expected to replace the tainted Congress. If the BJP does not deliver, the AAP will replace them too.AAP not to lose courage. Keep going Arvind Kejriwal, the path is not easy, there would be lots of hurdles, disbelievers, hatred, and insults but keep going.....There are lot of powers trying to bring AAP down, they will continue .. but rest ured me and tens of millions of others are there, who will not rest until those powers learn to respect the power of common man. Ultimately AAP will succeed. Satyamev Jayate! Bhagwan ke ghar der hein andher nahi. AAP's time will surely come.
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    Pavi
    Jun 8, 2014 at 1:00 am
    It is good for New Delhi that AAP is disintegrating. The party that people placed their trust in did not leave any stone unturned to shatter that trust.
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    ramu
    Jun 9, 2014 at 5:45 am
    What are you talkin about, man? This is the very part that did not have the courage or maturity to Govern Delhi when people gave them an opportunity. Their behaviour - of doing nothing more than finding fault with others - is written all over. I do not think that any of them can even head an organization seriously, let alone govern the country. A bunch of opportunists.
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