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Testing time for AAP: Yogendra Yadav, Naveen Jaihind resign from key posts

Sunday, 1 June 2014 - 7:10am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: dna

Ever since results for the 2014 general election were announced on May 16, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has seen a lot of churn and turbulent currents. The latest to hit the party was the resignation of the party's political guru Yogendra Yadav and Naveen Jaihind, one of the founding members, from its national executive owing to the party's poor show in Haryana.

Their resignations, however, have not been accepted. Instead the AAP's national executive will discuss the matter in its meetings on June 6-7. The national executive meeting is also expected to see several changes in party's decision making body as per the party's assessment of the election results. Other issues that will be discussed are AAP's Lok Saba election performance, steps to increase the party's base in neighbouring states, upcoming state elections and ways to build on AAP's performance in Punjab.

After May 16 results, dna had highlighted this possibility of restructuring in AAP during an interview with AAP's senior leader Prashant Bhushan.

"A lot of restructuring and broad basing of the party's decision making bodies like Political Affairs Committee (PAC) and national executive is on the cards. They could be expanded. Party has four MPs from Punjab and they also need to be brought in in decision making teams as they would be the one representing AAP and its policies in Lok Sabha," AAP sources told dna.

Last week, AAP's popular face Shazia Ilmi had resigned from all party posts accusing the party of being run by a crony clique.

Yadav, a member of party's PAC and national executive, was also in-charge for Haryana for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections where it failed to win. Naveen Jaihind, on the other hand, is a member of AAP's national executive and has been an important member of the Arvind Kejriwal team since the Jan Lokpal agitation days.

Although AAP maintains that resignations are not unusual given the poor showing in Haryana, it is learnt that there are problems between Jaihind and Yadav. Jaihind told dna that he was being "accused of provoking volunteers by a section of leaders and thus he resigned but would continue to work for the party".

"I think neither Yogendraji should resign nor it should be accepted by Arvind Kejriwal. Problems were with me and I have resigned from national executive," said Jaihind.

Party leaders are, however, confident of ironing out the differences between the two.

"Introspect, re-structure, organize, expand and lead the change is what people expect from AAP ... is what AAP intends to do. Yogendra Yadav and Naveen Jaihind are still with AAP and resignation given from PAC & NE would be discussed in the national executive meeting. The resignation offered from PAC and national executive (ONLY) are for constructive reasons, for betterment of Party and nation at large," said AAP's senior leader Dilip K Pandey.

Yadav rubbished rumours that he has left AAP. "Rumours about my quitting AAP are baseless. I am very much with the party and committed to working for it harder than ever," tweeted Yadav.

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