The turbulence in the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi had a ripple effect on the Maharashtra unit of the party. At the National Council meet of the party in Gurgaon, two prominent AAP leaders from Maharashtra walked out of the venue along with Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan who were voted out of the national executive of the party.
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The two leaders from Maharashtra, Maruti Bhapkar and Ibrahim Khan, expressed solidarity with Yadav and Bhushan. Maharashtra coordinator of the party Subhash Ware, along with leaders like Mayank Gandhi and Praful Vora abstained from voting at the AAP National Council meet for the removal of Yadav, Bhushan and three others from the national executive of the party.
Bhapkar later told The Sunday Express from Delhi that he and Khan had decided to take the side of Yadav, who is quite popular among AAP leaders in Maharashtra. “We are yet to decide our course of action but what happened today was disgraceful,” said Bhapkar.
Bhapkar, along with other supporters of Yadav, were huddled in a meeting till late on Saturday evening at Bhushan’s home in New Delhi.
Since its inception, the Maharashtra unit of the AAP has been a stronghold of former “socialists”, many of who were associated with Yadav.