AAP suspends NRI party co-convener


Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has suspended its Chicago-based co-convener of NRI cell Munish Raizada from the primary membership for indulging in “anti-party activities by putting internal affairs in public domain.”

The email from AAP on 7 November warned Raizada of refraining ‘from such activities with immediate effect. Non-compliance will be treated as anti-party activities and we would be bound to issue a show-cause notice to you for the same and this may lead to your suspension / expulsion from the primary membership of the party.

“We would also like to inform you that the Overseas team is now fully staffed and functioning well and we hope you will focus on coordinating with them closely as a member/volunteer. We would like to give this new team time to organise themselves and establish the basic structures globally.”

A disciplinary notice was sent to Raizada on 7 November before he was suspended from the membership aa day later.

The email states, “You (Raizada) have not only put internal party correspondence in public domain but also shared it with undisclosed recipient(s), clearly showing that you have no intention of stopping your anti-party activities of creating structures or forums without the permission of the party and misleading volunteers.”

“We thereby relieve you from any organisational responsibility given and suspend your primary membership of AAP with immediate effect,” it said.

The mail has also been sent to AAP leaders Kumar Vishvas, Adarsh Shastri, Preeti Sharma Menon and others.

Raizada, who also edits a news website called newsgram.com, refuted all charges.

In his reply he said, “It would have been more prudent if you had read the contents of Lokpal website prior to sending me the mail. There is no  mechanism in the website of receiving complaints or grievances by anyone against Aam Aadmi Party. We have neither created such a pathway nor have any intention to do so.

“You are kindly requested to read the website carefully including the “About” and “FAQ” to realize that this website is a platform for AAP volunteers to engage constructively within the party and is meant to strengthen the party. The founder members of Lokpal website and panelists and volunteers who are associating with it have full faith in the leadership of Shri Arvind Kejriwal and ideology of Aam Aadmi Party.”

AAP has not yet made any public statement but the episode has triggered a fresh debate over the internal democracy in the party.

Last month, the party had disbanded its Maharashtra unit prompting one of its leaders in the state, Mayank Gandhi to openly criticise the leadership.