Even as Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal returned to Delhi after a 10-day naturopathy course in Bangalore, Prashant Bhushan said he had sent a message to Kejriwal to “end a controversy” that has seen much public acrimony within the party’s senior leadership. While Bhushan and even leaders like Anand Kumar made largely reconciliatory noises, the national convenor refused to speak on the political crisis within the party, instead speaking only on his plans for the Delhi government.
Hours before Kejriwal returned to Delhi in the evening, Bhushan, who with Yogendra Yadav was controversially removed from the Political Affairs Committee of the party in a National Executive meeting on March 4, told ANI, “Want to meet Arvind & end controversy, will want to talk to him one-on-one when he reaches Delhi. If he (Kejriwal) wants I can meet him with Yogendra ji, to sort out the problems to whatever extent possible. I sent him a text hoping he is well now and suggesting a meeting when he is here.”
Kumar, who had voted against Bhushan and Yadav’s removal from the PAC, then wrote in a series of tweets, “The message of Prashant ji for a meeting with Arvind is a silver lining for all AAP volunteers and well-wishers. We can make up for the rupture caused by NE vote of 4th March regarding PAC which was avoidable as there was another resolution asking for voluntary withdrawal by all to make way for reconstitution of PAC. I am waiting for the good news of meeting of hearts and minds of the tested frontline leaders of alternative politics. It will be best within a short time after the arrival of a healthy and happy Arvind Kejriwal. It is time to show statesmanship and disappoint all those who are waiting for further drift and debate.”
Before he left for Delhi, Kejriwal said he had taken the time the treatment had given him to “plan some policies for mid-day meal, ration system and education”. “We made some proposals and we shall discuss their implementation soon,” he said.
Sources in the party said that these events were indicative of how things would pan out in the party before the crucial National Council meet on March 28. “For Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, it is crucial that they meet Kejriwal before the National Council on a one-on-one basis. Many of those that are Kejriwal’s closes aides believe that the actions of the duo in the past few months, especially Yadav, are unpardonable. The one chance for change is if Bhushan speaks to Kejriwal,” a senior leader said.