Two days after Aam Aadmi Party MLAs, led by party chief Arvind Kejriwal, met President Pranab Mukherjee, alleging that the BJP was indulging in horse trading and approaching AAP MLAs, the party alleged that three individuals were “misusing the party’s name” by approaching MLAs to defect to BJP. They further said that the party has “nothing to do with these three individuals”.
“AAP makes it clear that it has no link with these people, who have been repeatedly indulging in anti-party activities, including personally contacting our MLAs on behalf of the BJP and asking them to defect,” the party said on Saturday.
The party also issued a list of those who are no longer associated with the party. In their statement, they claimed that a lawyer, Sanjay Paliwal, is not associated with the AAP. Yet the party’s website mentions Paliwal as a senior lawyer from North Carolina, who was helping AAP in the general elections this year.
Another individual disowned by the AAP is a RWA member Ranju Minhas, who claims to be the in-charge of the women’s wing of the party.
Expressing shock over her expulsion, Minhas said, “I have not been going to the party office for the last one- and-a-half months because I was concentrating on my NGO. At a few meetings held by Kejriwal and senior leaders, I had voiced concern over lack of transparency in the party. In a recent meeting with a senior leader, I was asked if I had told an AAP MLA that I would make her meet Modi. I made it very clear that I have not been associated with the BJP or Congress.”
Minhas also wrote to Kejriwal, demanding that she should have been given a proper hearing before such a “drastic” step is taken. “So far all decisions/discussions/ experiences that have taken place during my last two years with you and some other senior members of the party, had made it very clear that women have no place in the party’s decision making process. This decision of my expulsion, if correct, falls in line with all that I have experienced so far within the party,” Minhas wrote.