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Vinod Kumar Binny pulls a fast one: AAP leader ends hunger strike within hours, gives more time to Kejriwal govt

Aam Aadmi Party on late Sunday night had expelled Binny.

New Delhi | Updated: January 27, 2014 6:14:54 pm
AAP expelled Vinod Kumar Binny on Sunday night on grounds of indiscipline. (PTI Photo) AAP expelled Vinod Kumar Binny on Sunday night on grounds of indiscipline. (PTI Photo)

Expelled Aam Aadmi Party MLA Vinod Kumar Binny called off his fast against the AAP government within four hours of commencing his indefinite hunger strike on Monday.

Binny, however, threatened to launch a major stir if his demands, including passage of Janlokpal Bill, are not met in 10 days.

“If Kejriwal government fails to bring Anna’s Janlokpal Bill in the given time, I would begin protest across the country,” Binny told reporters at Jantar Mantar.

A day after being expelled from party on grounds of indiscipline, Binny had begun to fast indefinitely from Monday morning against the AAP for not living up to its promises.

The rebel MLA said he will continue support to the government on “public-related” issues and was withdrawing his stir for now as Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and Anna Hazare had suggested that “some days” should be given to the AAP government to fulfil promises made by it during the Delhi Assembly election.

A thorn in the party’s side since he was denied a Cabinet berth last December, Binny was expelled on late Sunday night.

He also demanded immediate setting up of ‘Mahila Surksha Dal’ and 700 litres of free water to residents along with reduction in electricity bills by upto half as Kejriwal promised during election.

Earlier in the day, Binny had claimed that there are several others AAP members who are unhappy with the functioning of the party.

Talking to mediapersons on Monday, Binny, who is likely to go on a protest from today, said: “I have got to know that there are many AAP leaders who are upset with party’s policies. Party was afraid they would join me and so they expelled me.”

Hitting out at AAP for not working on its promises, Binny also met the Delhi Lt Governor to take up issues which have not been addressed by the Kejriwal government and demand action against controversial Law Minister Somnath Bharti.

The Lakshmi Nagar MLA also claimed that the decision to expel him was taken to gag other dissatisfied party MLAs.

Binny, who met Lt Governor Najeeb Jung to discuss issues which he claimed were not addressed by the AAP government and demand strict action against Bharti, said he has been given an assurance that law will take its own course.

The Laxmi Nagar legislator, however denied of getting any notification from the party regarding his expulsion. “I have got no mail, message or any notification. I got to know about my expulsion through media reports,” he said.

The action against the rebel MLA came ten days after he called Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal a “dictator” and accused the party of “betraying” the people of Delhi by backtracking on its election promises.

Describing his ouster from the party as unfortunate, Binny claimed that the ruling party in Delhi “wants the government to fall” to escape the promises it has made to the people.

“It cannot be more unfortunate than the fact that you need somebody to make you realise the promises you have made to the public and you end up expelling that person from the party,” Binny told reporters soon after he was expelled from the party.

Before evicting me you (AAP) should have ousted those people from the party who talked about dividing the nation, those who misbehaved with women, those who made fun of the laws of the land and disobeyed the rules, he said.

Hours after party took the action against Laxmi Nagar MLA, AAP leader Yogendra Yadav took to micro-blogging site Twitter to clarify that Binny had left no choice with them. “Feel bad about having to expel Binny. But he left us with no choice,” Yadav tweeted early on Monday.

The expulsion leaves the AAP government in Delhi hanging by a thread. With the outside support of eight Congress MLAs, the AAP government had 36 seats, but with Binny’s expulsion, the 35 seats that the party has leaves it one short of a majority in the 70-seat Assembly.

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(With PTI inputs)

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