Even after the party removed four senior leaders from its National Executive (NE) last week, internal troubles in the AAP do not seem to have ended. A day after the NE removed Prashant Bhushan from the national disciplinary committee as well as internal Lokpal Admiral Ramdas, a senior NE member, Rakesh Sinha, on Monday, raised objections to the decisions taken by the NE. He also alleged that he had not been informed about the meeting despite being a member.
In a letter addressed to AAP general secretary Pankaj Gupta, Sinha said he came to know about the meeting only through journalists. He had assumed that it was a Political Affairs Committee (PAC) meeting since he “got no intimation” from the party.
“I had received an SMS from your office on March 18 that there will be no meeting before or after the National Council meet. Your next SMS saying it was an emergency (executive) meeting is well taken but it still does not explain why I was not informed,” Sinha said in the letter made public by him.
Questioning how important decisions could be taken during an emergency meeting of the NE, he said, “I was hoping that such an emergency meeting will be used for discussion and planning and that no major decisions would be taken. But I find that some very important decisions have been taken in a hurry.”
While maintaining that the appointment of a new Lokpal was due, Sinha expressed “uneasiness” at the treatment meted out to Ramdas. “I wonder if our outgoing Lokpal was given adequate opportunity to name his successor as envisaged in our rules,” Sinha said.
Pointing out that the NE, on March 4, had decided to refer charges against Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav for investigation by the Lokpal following their removal from the PAC, Sinha said that this decision was not implemented.
“…It was also decided that charges against them will be referred to our Internal Lokpal who had also expressed his intention to investigate these. Unfortunately no action was taken on this NE decision and the two were removed from the NE on the same uninvestigated and, hence, unsubstantiated charges,” Sinha said.
The NE, on Sunday, had announced the removal of Bhushan from the national disciplinary committee and decided to re-constitute this body. With regard to this decision, Sinha further questioned the absence of NE member Krishna Kant Sevda’s name from the committee list.
On another decision taken by the NE regarding the formation of a committee headed by AAP leader Sanjay Singh to oversee the party’s expansion plans, Sinha wrote, “Sanjay Singh is going to take up the matter of organisation in all the states. Does this mean that Mission Vistaar has been abandoned?”
Following the drubbing it received in the Lok Sabha polls, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal had announced the launch of Mission Vistaar — a campaign to strengthen the party’s presence across the country.
Meanwhile, a letter of social activist Medha Patkar — who resigned from the AAP on Saturday — was also leaked on Monday. Addressed to Kejriwal, Patkar condemned the manner in which Bhushan, Yogendra Yadav, Ajit Jha and Anand Kumar were expelled from the NE and stated that the AAP needs to develop a mechanism for resolving such conflicts.
“Having witnessed the happenings within the party over quite some time and especially, the process and incidents during yesterday’s (Saturday) meeting, I am quite disappointed…,” Patkar’s letter read.