Senior AAP functionary Kumar Vishwas has sensationally revealed that the party was holding talks with Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, to facilitate their return to the party fold.
The controversial remarks, however, were refuted by a party leader close to Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, reported PTI.
“If no one has joined a political party and wants to come here…if one has formed a political party and wants to merge their party with ours…if someone went back for doing social work after being unhappy with us…the list is long. From Subhash Ware to Anjali Damania, Mayank Gandhi, Dharamvira Gandhi to Prashant ji and Yogendra ji.
“We are synchronising the list (of such people). Dialogues are being held with them by volunteers. We will ask for forgiveness for the mistakes we did,” Kumar was quoted by news agency PTI.
Yogendra Yadav too strongly rejected the claims. Sharing Janta Ka Reporter story on Twitter, Yadav wrote, sarcastically, ” Really? Must be very secret, since both of us have not heard about it!”
Must be very secret, since both of us have not heard about it!
— Yogendra Yadav (@_YogendraYadav) December 4, 2017
Prashant Bhushan too rubbished the claims calling them ‘absurd.’ He wrote, “An absurd report. There are no talks or possibility of our returning to AAP which has betrayed all the ideals of the Anti Corruption movement.”
An absurd report. There are no talks or possibility of our returning to AAP which has betrayed all the ideals of the Anti Corruption movement https://t.co/dFWxdAYU7v
— Prashant Bhushan (@pbhushan1) December 4, 2017
Vishwas has been at loggerheads with his party leadership for quite some time. Last week an audio clip of Vishwas attacking his senior AAP colleagues had gone viral on social media platforms.
AAP founder members Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan were sacked by the party in April, 2015, for “anti-party” activities after they questioned party supremo Arvind Kejriwal’s style of functioning.
Subhash Ware, on the other hand, was the party head of Maharashtra state unit, and was considered close to Yadav and Bhushan. Although, Ware continues to be a part of the party, the state unit headed by him was disbanded.
Ware, along with Mayank Gandhi, had opposed dropping of Bhushan and Yadav from the party’s Political Affairs Committee (PAC). Gandhi later quit the party.
Dharamvira Gandhi, AAP MP from Patiala, was also suspended for alleged anti-party activities. Damania also quit citing the ugly slug fest between Kejriwal and Yadav-Bhushan.
Swaraj India, political party formed by Yadav and Bhushan, dismissed Vishwas’ claims and said those who drifted away from AAP’s ideals were now appealing the activists of the Anna movement to return to the fold.
“Instead of appealing others to come back, they (AAP led by Kejriwal) should come back on the right path,” Swaraj India chief spokesperson Anupam said.
Vishwas, who is believed to be “unhappy” with the present coterie around Kejriwal, also spoke about ‘Aam Aadmi Party version 2’.
When asked to elaborate, the AAP leader said, “The second version (of the party) will focus on giving more priority to volunteers, who will act as ‘anti-virus’ in the outfit”.
Vishwas, while speaking at Ramlila ground last week had warned his party that it must desist from the culture of projecting an individual as the face of the movement.
He had said that the most effective way to kill a movement was to convert it into a face. He said, “Friends please change your priorities. Country should be the first. Party should be at number 2 whilst the leader should be the last priority. For selfish people, leaders are always bigger priority than the country and parties.”
Speaking at the fifth anniversary of his party’s formation in Delhi’s Ramlila ground, Vishwas said, “I have not spoken for 7-8 months because the opportunity to speak was at the PAC (Political Affairs Committee) but there was no PAC. There was just one PAC to discuss the strategy for the President’s election. There was one National Council Meeting but my name was not there among the list of speakers.”