More trouble seems to be brewing in the Maharashtra unit of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) as state coordinator Subhash Ware resigned from the party’s National Executive. Ware’s resignation comes within days of the dissolution of all the committees in the state by the central leadership.
Ware, confirming his resignation, said he had not resigned from the primary membership of the party. “I will continue to work for the party as a worker,” he said.
Sources close to Ware said rather than the dissolution of the state committees, talk of the party being defunct in the state was behind his decision to resign. “Besides the officebearers, this has upset the workers, which might have triggered the resignation,” said a senior party member.
The Maharashtra unit of the AAP, like its counterpart in Punjab, has seen turmoils following the ouster of Yogendra Yadav and others from the party. Leaders like Medha Patkar and Maruti Bhapkar either resigned or were removed from the party. Bhapkar, along with other leaders, had joined the Swaraj Samvad movement started by Yadav.
A veteran socialist leader, Ware, although known to be close to Yadav, had so far steered clear of controversies in the party. The state unit of the AAP had attracted many socialist leaders, who were once associates of Yadav. While Ware had kept away from the ongoing troubles in the party, the AAP had seen confrontation between the old-time socialists and new-age volunteers of the party. In many cases, volunteers had complained of being sidelined by the old socialists.
Ware’s decision not to join Yadav, many party insiders said, was propelled by the fact that Yadav’s movement has been mostly apolitical in nature. “Electoral politics requires some basic presence, which Yadav’s movement seem to lack. The party might not have made any decision to fight future elections but with a loose movement like Swaraj Samvad, it might not have been possible to do so also,” sources said.
The sudden dissolution of the state committees had seen senior leaders Mayank Gandhi and Preeti Sharma Menon trade charges. After the resignation of Ware from the National Executive, some leaders close to Yadav are said to have contacted him.
Party leader Ashutosh would take up the future course of action in the state unit. It was indicated that the party would draw up a list of active volunteers who will elect the state leaders from among themselves.