April 5, 2015 1:35:02 am
Following the turmoil in the AAP, which resulted in the removal of four senior leaders from decision-making bodies, about 48 AAP leaders from across the country have called for an “open dialogue” — or swaraj samvad. It is slated to take place near IFFCO Chowk in Gurgaon on April 14.
“This is not a gathering for or against someone or an act of rebellion, unless asking questions and seeking truthful answers is construed to be so. This is not an act of indiscipline. If anything we seek the highest inner discipline…” reads the invitation.
Apart from ousted leaders Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan, Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha, the list of signatories includes Delhi MLA Pankaj Pushkar, suspended National Executive member Rakesh Sinha, suspended Punjab State Committee member Manjeet Singh, NE members Christina Samy and Vishal Sharma Lathe. The invite has also been sent by several AAP Lok Sabha candidates such as Soni Sori , who contested the general elections from Bastar and former Uttarakhand DG and Dehradun AAP candidate Kanchan Choudhary.
Elaborating on the issues which will be raised in the meeting, the invitation reminds AAP supporters about the India Against Corruption movement, after which people had wanted to provide a new definition of politics. “We wanted politics to set new ethical standards… Indeed, we envisioned a new kind of inclusive political organisation,” it reads.
It also talks about the dream of “swaraj” and how the country is looking for a political alternative. Raising a slew of concerns, the invite does not name party chief Arvind Kejriwal or other leaders . It says, “Has a political movement been reduced to a poll machine? Are we at the risk of falling prey to the ills of established political cults and success-at-any-cost?”
Alluding to the concerns raised by Yadav and Bhushan in the past and their removal from the party’s decision-making bodies, the invite says “the developments of the last few weeks have been a timely reminder of these risks”.
Steps that could be taken to end the deadlock have also been suggested. “There is another path of minor course correction, involving repair from within. But is that option available to us today?” it says.
It further reads, “The third path leads away from politics, into non-political movements and action. But is this not abdication of our historic responsibility? Finally, there is a new path that involves restarting the journey of alternative politics… But do we have the stamina for this journey?”
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