The entire state unit of the Aam Admi Party (AAP) today decided to merge with the BJP, the party's West Bengal president Rahul Sinha said.
Many leaders from other parties have also shown interest to join the BJP, Sinha said.
Senior West Bengal Congress leader Pradip Ghosh will also join the BJP in the days to come, he claimed.
Major differences have cropped up in the inner circle of the Aam Aadmi Party as members started targetting each other in an apparent war of words by sending letters to each other. Earlier today, senior leader Manish Sisodia accused Yogendra Yadav of targeting Arvind Kejriwal and making internal matters public without consulting the PAC.
In a letter written to an email sent by Yogendra Yadav to AAP leaders which has since become public, Sisodia said, "Your (Yadav) broad allegations are Arvind (Kejriwal) does not listen to the suggestions of the PAC (Political Affairs Committee). I am surprised reading your email because till the time Arvind agreed with you, he was democratic." In his e-mail, Yadav also had claimed, "Arvind is turning into a personality cult that can damage an organisation and the leader himself". The national executive of the AAP is scheduled to hold a meeting later today at Prashant Bhushan's residence. Read more
This comes at a time when AAP is already grappling to hold its party together, with consequtive resignations from prominent party leaders. After Shazia Ilmi's exit last month, AAP Mumbai's Anjali Damania first tendered her resignation and withdrew it later on Thursday evening. She had resigned along with Preeti Sharma Menon, the party spokesperson. While Damania was the convener of the party, Sharma was the secretary. Sharma is yet to withdraw her resignation. Read more