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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First Published on: June 6, 2014 11:05 am
  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.
            1. M
              MANJU MITTAL
              Jun 6, 2014 at 6:14 am
              i fully agree. if these four are taken out from the party, it will have a better image and better working and much better results. These four have taken country for a ride. they must be punished.
              1. S
                Jun 6, 2014 at 8:53 am
                Art of Living Centre ??? - looks like a Sri Sri Ravi Sankar planned evet. So BJP is now trying to create a parallel AAP with all the disgruntled loosers. All the best.
                1. A
                  Anil Gudhekar
                  Jun 6, 2014 at 6:06 am
                  After dissolution of Vidhan Sabha ..those get elected from that have to vacat that house just like Change in Central Government there is changed in Govenors of state ...as to Newly elected Central Govt. will work smoothly.
                  1. A
                    Jun 6, 2014 at 5:54 am
                    Its strange that no one from AAP or any AAP supporter did not commented on it. Ab kuch bolne laayek nahi rahe ye log, shayaad.
                    1. P
                      Jun 6, 2014 at 6:12 pm
                      Destroyng AAP even after defeating it seems to be BJP plan. Ever since Shazia's brother joined BJP, there has been this element of doubt as to when she is going to backstab. She waited for results and now does it. Anjali Damania seems to be scared of the court case on AK. While the corrupt is free, Arnab still projects Arvind like some criminal. If media is bought over, or run by parties, where can we get reliable unbiased news ? Disgusting politics.
                      1. A
                        Jun 6, 2014 at 6:30 am
                        AAP right from its inception and initial success in Delhi elections became a sore point for Congress and BJP as they ate away their votes. It was felt that the big two parties will do their utmost to destroy them. However they have smed to their own inexperience !
                        1. R
                          Jun 6, 2014 at 12:06 pm
                          wonder y media has so much interest in aap despite their poor performance
                          1. B
                            Bijay K
                            Jun 6, 2014 at 5:55 am
                            It will be better if they start a non-political forum as suggested by Annaji.
                            1. R
                              Jun 6, 2014 at 10:45 am
                              Whatever will happen to AAP will be known only in future but as far as this particular section of party is concerned which is holding this session in Bangalore, they will fall flat on their faces. Parties are not all about agendas and programmes, they are about charismatic leaders too. AK is far from perfect no doubt, but he has that charisma. Who among these jokers who are holding this session have that charisma? And shazia Ilmi, please stay away from this session. You do not belong to this Binny level of politics.
                              1. c
                                Jun 6, 2014 at 5:58 am
                                badhiya hai. I wonder what party these people can make after the ill-experience with the AAP and who would trust another so-called common man bluff. Aam aadmi ka naam kharab kar chuka hai khujliwal. There is no faith on the common man anymore
                                1. H
                                  Jun 6, 2014 at 5:23 pm
                                  A new non-political NGO? wow..most welcome..surely, at least 30 out of 280 BJP seats came through these NGOs whose job is maligning Ram and Sita.
                                  1. D
                                    Jun 6, 2014 at 1:38 pm
                                    The crushing defeat has bared the inbuilt contradiction.....it was the lure of office which brought them together and its absence is generating splits ...one is reminded the birth and splits of Janta Party after JP movement ...
                                    1. F
                                      F F
                                      Jun 6, 2014 at 10:37 am
                                      Ashwini upadhayaya and others are doing what they are doing on the behest of CONG and BJP........think, why would somebody go to the extent of launching a parallel party........ this in paisa phaik and tamasha deikh by the powerfull.
                                      1. B
                                        Jun 6, 2014 at 5:56 am
                                        paid news ,its a ambani effect
                                        1. G
                                          Jun 6, 2014 at 10:34 am
                                          This is the mindset of AAP slaves. Anything bad for their party must be automatically a BJP / RSS conspiracy. Looks like the entire AAP takes inspiration from Digvijay Singh.
                                          1. H
                                            Jun 6, 2014 at 6:10 am
                                            good move, final sane people are coming out of AAP drama company. Can any of you do a sting operation and find out how much money Arwind Kujliwal took from congress to contest against Modi? If he was sincere in fighting corruption, he should have contested against his, the epicenter of all mega block buster corruption and scams.
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