Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014

Volunteers disrupt AAP Delhi meeting: No decisions without consulting us

Members of Bhartiya Aam Aadmi Sena protest against Kejriwal outside Patiala House Courts Complex on Friday. (Source: Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey) Members of Bhartiya Aam Aadmi Sena protest against Kejriwal outside Patiala House Courts Complex on Friday. (Source: Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey)
Written by Aditi Vatsa | New Delhi | Posted: May 24, 2014 2:41 am | Updated: May 24, 2014 8:11 am

After the drubbing it received in the Lok Sabha polls, the AAP leaders and volunteers met to discuss the party’s future course of action, even as party chief Arvind Kejriwal spend time in Tihar Jail.

During the meeting on Friday evening, a few AAP volunteers began shouting for the dissolution of the party’s Political Affairs Committee and National Executive. They demanded that the party take decisions only after discussions with volunteers.

Although some AAP leaders assured them that they will get a chance to voice their views and tried to pacify them, another group started creating a ruckus.

The meeting also saw leaders reading out a letter written by Kejriwal from Tihar Jail. Titled ‘Why was I arrested?’, the letter said, “I have decided to devote my life to this struggle against corruption. I have stayed hungry in this fight, I have been beaten up by police, suffered insults and now I am in Tihar Jail.”

Signed, Prisoner Number 3642, Jail Number 4, Tihar Jail, the letter said, “A section of the media is against me. They term this fight against corruption as a drama. I appeal to you that if you come across any such baseless news against us, do not trust them.”

Senior leaders Prashant Bhushan, Yogendra Yadav, Manish Sisodia, Sanjay Singh and Gopal Rai discussed the circumstances under which Kejriwal was taken into custody. To mobilise support, they asked volunteers to take Kejriwal’s letter across the capital.

Assuring volunteers that the AAP’s vote share has seen an upward swing, the leaders also said the party could regain a lot of support.

According to Yadav, the party is likely to receive votes from three sections — those who were voting for Kejriwal as the Delhi chief minister, but wanted Narendra Modi as Prime Minister; those who wanted the AAP to apologise for resigning from the Delhi government; and a section of voters who had earlier voted for the Congress.

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