A splinter group of the Aam Aadmi Party, formed by a group of disgruntled AAP volunteers the day Kejriwal had resigned in 2014, the Aam Aadmi Sena has finally made headlines after its Punjab in-charge Bhawna Arora’s “ink attack” on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday.
The party’s members claim Arora was “forced” to take the step after the Delhi government refused to listen to her concerns about an alleged CNG scam. Arora had done a sting operation to expose the “scam” they said.
Ved Prakash, general secretary of Aam Aadmi Sena, said, “She had sought appointments with the CM, ministers and AAP leaders on several occasions but in vain. Even on Sunday, she was trying to give a CD, containing details of the scam, to Kejriwal but was thwarted by AAP volunteers. She was left with no option but to throw ink in order to draw attention to the issue.”
The outfit’s members said they will release details of the alleged scam once Arora is released.
Members said Arora, who runs a real estate business and lives in Rohini, had joined them a year ago. She initially led the fledgling group’s women’s wing before becoming Punjab in-charge five months ago.
“She has been part of several protests, many of them against AAP — one following farmer Gajendra Singh’s suicide at an AAP rally at Jantar Mantar, and several demanding deployment of women marshals in DTC buses,” Prakash said.
The outfit had staged protests outside Kejriwal’s Tilak Lane bungalow in February 2014, after Kejriwal stepped down following his 49-day first stint, demanding that he vacate the bungalow.
The separate organisation, led by Prabhat Kumar, was formed on February 14, 2014.
“Many of us who had worked for the party felt AAP was moving away from principles and values that Anna Hazare had taught us during the India Against Corruption movement. We lost faith in AAP and Kejriwal (after) they joined hands with the corrupt Congress,” Prakash said.
Trying to rebuff the criticism that they are a BJP front, Prakash said, “We have held protests against all leading parties — we had staged a demonstration against Sushma Swaraj for Indians who were kidnapped in Iraq some six months ago.”