After a tenuous calm, the political temperature within the AAP is rising again. This time, it’s because of the “swaraj samvad” being organised by leaders who were controversially removed from the party’s National Executive (NE) in an acrimonious National Council meeting on March 28.
AAP leader Sanjay Singh said the party would “take a call on the future of the leaders who attend the meet”. When asked about the AAP’s stand on the ‘samvad’, Singh said, “The AAP has nothing to do with it. The way it is being advertised makes it seem as if the AAP has moved away from its core values. This is defaming the party.”
Alluding to possible action being taken against volunteers and leaders attending the meet, Singh said, “The AAP will keep a watch on Tuesday’s meeting… We will hold a Political Affairs Committee meet and a NE meet to decide what is to be done.”
Ever since they were removed from the NE, Prashant Bhushan, Yogendra Yadav and Anand Kumar have been spreading word of the “samvad”, with visits to Lucknow and Chandigarh. Sources said they have even had Google Hangout sessions with volunteers unhappy with decisions taken by the AAP.
Sources said a “clear decision” would be taken at the meeting, including the possibility of forming a new political party.
In a survey released by organisers of the ‘samvad’, 42.56 per cent of respondents said “they should make a fresh start”, while 39.47 per cent of them were of the opinion that they “must try to recover from the wrong hands”.
“Over a thousand volunteers and over 70 Lok Sabha candidates said they will attend the meet… The proceedings will be completely transparent, and the media will have full access,” a leader said.