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AAP rebels plan ‘open session’ in Bangalore; Shazia Ilmi, other founder members to attend

Ashwini Upadhyay alleged that AAP was hijacked by the big four - Kejriwal, Yogendra, Sisodia and Sanjay Singh.

Written by Shobhit Sujay | New Delhi | Updated: June 6, 2014 12:02 pm
Ashwini Upadhyay alleged that AAP was hijacked by the big four - Arvind Kejriwal, Yogendra Yadav, Manish Sisodia and Sanjay Singh. Ashwini Upadhyay alleged that AAP was hijacked by the big four – Arvind Kejriwal, Yogendra Yadav, Manish Sisodia and Sanjay Singh.

There seems to be no end to trouble for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Days after prominent leader like Shazia Ilmi quit the party over “lack of inner democracy”, some members who either quit or were expelled are joining hands to ensure a roadblock for Arvind Kejriwal’s party.

These rebel leaders have planned zonal “open sessions” to discuss the road ahead. The front is slated to be launched in Bangalore on June 13, and it is likely to be attended by Shazia Ilmi, who unsuccessfully fought the Lok Sabha poll from Ghaziabad, and former National Council member Ashwini Upadhyay.

The session is also likely to be attended by AAP founder members Madhu Bhaduri, who quit the party alleging that it “does not treat women as humans”, and Ashok Agarwal, who had called the party “directionless”.

In an interview to indianexpress.com, Upadhyay said that they will hold a three-day session, from June 13 to June 15 in Bangalore, to start with. The participants would be allowed to voice their opinion against the AAP and the session will discuss the feasibility of a possible parallel movement.

He also said that Anna Hazare was also consulted over the issue, who suggested the group to launch a new non-political movement, which would focus on various reforms.

Alleging that the party was hijacked by the big four – Arvind Kejriwal, Yogendra Yadav, Manish Sisodia and Sanjay Singh – Upadhyay claimed that there was no democracy in the party as all the decisions were taken on the whims and fancies of just a few leaders.

Hitting out at the AAP leadership, Upadhyay said that AAP has become SAP (Sanjay Aadmi Party) in Uttar Pradesh, YAP (Yogendra Aadmi Party) in Haryana, MAP (Manish Aadmi Party) in Madhya Pradesh, PAP (Parveeen Amanullah Party) in Bihar and MAP (Mayank Aadmi Party) in Maharashtra.

Upadhyay said the members of the “open session” will make attempts to take a call on whether they should launch a fresh “non-political movement under the guidance of prominent social activists” or “form a new political party”.

Meanwhile, voices of dissent have also surfaced from the party’s Bangalore unit. Soumya Nayak, who has been a key member in organising the ‘open session’, expressed his displeasure over lack of democracy in the party. He said, “We will ensure that those who have committed mistakes are held accountable, even if it’s Arvind Kejriwal.” Nayak added that despite being upset with the party, he won’t quit it as he had not committed any mistake. Instead, those who have committed mistake need to go, he said.

The members of the front have also launched an online campaign, involving as many as 11,000 people who had sought tickets from AAP for the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections. These people have been sent a questionnaire, seeking their opinion on the road ahead. They have also been asked to join the “open session”, which will be held at Art of Living Centre in Bangalore from June 13-15.

The group also plans to submit a memorandum to the PMO over various issues such as education reforms, health reforms, reservation, police reforms, electoral reforms and judicial reforms. They have even suggested names to head the panels for these reforms, which includes prominent names like former DGP Prakash Singh, ex-NCERT director Jagmohan Rajput, former chief election commissioner T N Sheshan, and former IPS officer Shashi Kant. These panels would be formed only if the group decides to go ahead with a non-political movement.

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  1. A
    Jun 6, 2014 at 6:05 am
    Where are Aaptards......?
    1. A
      Jun 6, 2014 at 10:42 pm
      How r u so sure abut intentions??? R u a mind reader??
      1. A
        AAP 2.0
        Jun 6, 2014 at 7:19 am
        AAP as a movement should survive....no the AK,Manish, Yogendra and the so called leadersof AAP...Even movements haev th epower to counter the Govt move outside of Parliment and we haev seen this with India against corruption... AAP can have an open architecture under a limtied leadership and be a mive NGO ( witout Foreign funding though)...that can shape thinking in public space...
        1. C
          Jun 6, 2014 at 6:42 am
          if the expectations of people whether ordinary or political cl is not met then there is bound to be dissatisfaction among them. and it gets compounded and more pronounced when the person to whom you are looking up to starts losing his aim midway. same thing happened with AAP. once its leaders tasted power in Delhi and kejriwal build a scenario that AAP will win big time all over india by just putting up candidates where ever they like and they will be the king maker after the elections which led to high expectations among its leaders and followers. but for the 4 seats won in punjab it would have been a humiliation of epic proportions after Delhi's results. now also kejriwal is back to his old ways claiming his party will pubjab elections and fanning unrealistic expectations among its cadres which has led to all the discontent brewing through the length and breath of country after the general elections. it would be better for AAP to let transparency prevail in its organisation and put an end to discontent among its rank and file.
          1. A
            Jun 6, 2014 at 12:05 pm
            Will agree with the first half... Had aap please performed well they or would have all been happy hypocrites. Losers are now stabbing each other in the backs to scurry away from the carnage.
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