Yadav letter reveals AAP violated own constitution

The party structure follows a bottom to top approach where the council members elect the executive body and also holds the power to recall it.

Written by Dipankar Ghose | New Delhi | Published:June 7, 2014 1:53 am

AAP leader Yogendra Yadav’s letter to the party’s  Political Affairs Committee has brought to light several deviations made by the party from what was first envisaged.

This is evidenced by the party’s violation of the intended structure and processes enshrined in its constitution. Consider these:
* Point (i) of Article 4 F(c) says: “The national executive shall consist of not more than 30 members of whom at least seven shall be women and five shall be students.” Further, point 11 of a section entitled “How we are different” on the party’s website says, “AAP is fully committed to the principles of gender equity and will represent women and students amply at all levels of party organisation.” In clear violation of this, only two members, Christina Samy and Anjali Damania, of the national executive that met on Friday were women, and none were students.

* In his letter to the PAC, Yadav wrote, “The national executive was meant to be the real executive body, with PAC taking some quick decisions in between two meetings of the NE… the concentration of powers in the hands of PAC meant that the inputs in the decision making were confined to a few persons who were themselves unrepresentative in terms of gender, region and social groups and perhaps limited in their wisdom.” This is clear in Article 4 F (e) which says: “National Political Affairs Committee shall discharge all executive functions in between two meetings of the national executive.” Additionally, the ‘How We Are Different’ section says, “There is no central high command in AAP. The party structure follows a bottom to top approach where the council members elect the executive body and also holds the power to recall it.”

* Article 6 C(ii) that details the internal Lokpal within the AAP says: “The Lokpal/Lokayukta shall be a body comprising three persons, one of whom shall be an eminent jurist/eminent person from the legal field. Other members shall be eminent persons from different walks of life.” The ‘How we are different section’ says: “Every member of the AAP will have to follow a strict internal code of conduct or internal Lokpal… Any citizen can present proof of wrongdoing against a party member. If internal Lokpal finds the party member guilty, he or she will be subjected to appropriate disciplinary action as decided by the internal Lokpal.” The party’s internal Lokpal has however failed to take off, with only two members listed on the party’s website, ex-navy chief Admiral Ramdas, and Dr Ilina Sen, neither of whom have a legal background. This despite the party arguing for a strong Jan Lokpal Bill at the centre.

* Article 10 (i) says: “Decisions regarding merger, split, and dissolution shall be taken at a plenary session comprising all office-bearers, members of all organs and Members of Parliament, State Legislature, Corporations and Panchayats.” However, several small parties merged with the AAP prior to the Delhi Assembly and Lok Sabha elections such as the Delhi state unit of the Janata Dal (Secular) and the Internationalist Democratic Party without any such session being called, with an announcement being made by leaders of the PAC.

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    Shelly Chouhan
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    sumanta dash
    Mar 1, 2015 at 12:52 pm
    The AAP national executive should ponder over the issues raised and rectify the mistakes otherwise it is no different from other political parties and will alienate the intellectuals and the youth who forms its core strength and donated their hard earned money and precious time for changing the system.
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    Girish
    Jun 7, 2014 at 6:23 am
    this is how unravels the AA Party yarn.
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    Iqbal Naiyer
    Jun 7, 2014 at 7:46 pm
    I guess 15minutes of fame is over, Sinking ship, time to jump.
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    sivakumar bharadhwaj
    Jun 7, 2014 at 6:19 am
    You people still want to write about AAP !!!Funny.Allow them to fight it out and disintegrate. Do not aid in postponing the inevitable.AAP could have become a real game-changer for 100 % pro-people. They have just killed it by their own doings. AAP is dead. Long Live AAP.
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    harish sharma
    Jun 7, 2014 at 12:11 pm
    No wonder AAP leaders don't follow & respect Indian Consution how would someone expect them to follow there own consution
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