Bhushan-Yadav criticise AAP for suspending Punjab MPs


Former AAP leaders, Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, have criticised Aam Aadmi Party for suspending two of its MPs from Punjab from primary memberships.

Minutes after the news of their suspension broke, Bhushan tweeted, “If AAP can’t tolerate selfless and committed Patriots like Dr Dharamvir Gandhi, there is clearly no space for honesty and dissent left there.”

Yogendra Yadav too followed and expressing similar sentiments in his tweet. Yadav bblamed the ‘Delhi Darbar’ within AAP behind this decision.

His tweet said, “Delhi darbar suspends MPs Gandhi and Khalsa, becoz its: Baffled by self-respecting Punjabis Rattled by vol support to them Scared of truth.”

The Public Affairs Committee of Aaam Aadmi Party on Saturday announced it was suspending two of its MPs from Punjab for indulging in anti-party activities.

The two suspended MPs are Dharamavira Gandhi and Harinder Singh Khalsa.

The PAC suspended both of them from the primary membership of the party before recommending disciplinary proceedings against them to party’s National Disciplinary Action Committee.

A top source told that both these leaders were in touch with the Akalis recently.

He said, “Our fight in Punjab is against the Akali Dal and these two MPs were in touch with them. They were indirectly supporting our rivals. One of them had even attended a press conference organised by Akalis. Such anti party activities cannot be tolerated.”

In its tweets, the party said that a three-member National Disciplinary Action Committee comprising Pankaj Gupta, Dilip Pandey and Deepak Bajpai will look into the complaints of anti-party activities and indiscipline against the suspended MPs.

The tweets said, ” Mr. Gandhi and Mr. Khalsa have been involved in the activities of certain outfits, opposed to aims and objectives of the party. The only aim of these outfits is to damage the Aam Aadmi Party and anti-corruption movement in the country. There are several instances that show that Mr. Gandhi and Mr. Khalsa are trying to establish a parallel organization. within the party with the sole objective of damaging the party in Punjab”

Gandhi, who was also AAP’s parliamentary leader in Lok Sabha, had fallen out with the party leadership after he criticised the expulsion of Yogendra Yadav and lawyer Prashant Bhushan.

He had even walked out from the AAP’s National Council meeting on 28 March in protest and had sent his message to Swaraj Samvad Convention on 14 April organised by the rebel camp.

AAP has recently launched a massive membership drive in Punjab, where it aims to contest the 2017 assembly elections.  All four seat won by AAP had come from this state in 2014.