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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