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War of words: AAP leaders resort to sending letters, making internal discord public

Friday, 6 June 2014 - 1:55pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA Web Team

Major differences 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. Senior leader Manish Sisodia accusing 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. 

He had also alleged that the party was suffering from a serious deficit in policy thinking.

The AAP has suffered a series of setbacks in the last few months, including bad performance in the Lok Sabha polls. Also senior leaders such as Shazia Ilmi and Captain Gopinath had resigned from the party.

Both Captain Gopinath and Shazia Ilmi had resigned from AAP on May 24. While Ilmi had stated that she was leaving the party after fighting like an obedient soldier for four years due to the lack of inner-party democracy.

AAP's convener in Maharashtra, Anjali Damania had also given her resignation yesterday. But the anti-corruption campaigner, who refused to reveal the reason behind her decision to leave the party, withdrew her resignation later in the day.

AAP faces trouble in state; Anjali Damania resigns, withdraws

Anjali Damania, one of the prominent leaders of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the state 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.

A party member confirmed they were able to "convince Damania" to withdraw her resignation and hoped they would be able to do so with Sharma, too.

The two resignations and the withdrawal of one of them come a day before the party's national executive committee meeting in Delhi on Friday.


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