New Delhi: The crisis in the Aam Aami Party has escalated to a point of no-return and today could just be the day of split. AAP National Council is likely to remove senior leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav from the party.
AAP's Lokpal Admiral Ramdas and senior leader Rahul Mehra will not be attending the meet. Ramdas's name was proposed by Prashant Bhushan to head the meeting but he has been asked not to attend.
The split was imminent on Friday after a series of press conferences. First Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan held an explosive press conference where they called Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal a dictator surrounded by yes men. Then an hour later the Kejriwal camp hit back saying AAP had agreed to all of Bhushan and Yadav's demands but the two rebels backed out at the last minute.
AAP leader Ashish Khaitan said, "Because of some personal issues, we are not able to reach reconciliation. Some vested interest people are trying to derail the government."
Kejriwal was heard purportedly using expletives against dissident leaders Yadav and Bhushan and even threatening to form a new party.
However, the Kejriwal camp hit back claiming that "private" conversations of leaders were being "recorded" for the past nine months to "blackmail" the leadership.
"You get together and work with Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav. I wish you good luck. I haven't come here to fight. If necessary, I will Leave Aam Aadmi Party and form a new party; I'm thinking about it. Over the past four days, Professor Anand Kumar and Rajeet Jha have created a lot of problems. They wanted the RTI to be implemented, volunteer participation, every issue raised was agreed to. Now they say that they were just bargaining, that they weren't interested in these issues only. What nonsense is this? What bargaining are you doing? These people are not right. Let's see what has to be done or I'll take my inputs and leave the party," Kejriwal allegedly said in one of the audio tapes.
Reacting to this, Bhushan said, "I did not know Kejriwal has this much poison in his mind for me and Yogendra Yadav. This party was not supposed to be one man party."
Backing party national convenor, AAP leader Ashutosh said, "If some one tries to break the party and asks volunteer not to work for AAP's win in Delhi Assembly election, then anger is obvious. The word used by Kejriwal is not appropriate but we should understand the context in which Kejriwal said this."