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AAP has become a party of dictators like the khap panchayat, says Prashant Bhushan after expulsion

Apr 21, 2015 10:08 AM IST Politics Politics
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New Delhi: Going all out to attack the Aam Aadmi Party and its chief Arvind Kejriwal, expelled leader Prashant Bhushan alleged the party is being run by dictators.

"AAP has become a party of dictators like the khap panchayat. What has happened is illegal and undemocratic. Dreams have been shattered by a dictator and his coterie. Thankfully the drama is over now," Bhushan said while reacting to his expulsion by the AAP late on Monday night.

Defending his actions, he trained guns at AAP disciplinary committee members Ashish Khetan and Pankaj Gupta, and said that the ones who have taken disciplinary action are the ones who are themselves facing serious charges.

"What has happened to us is against principles of justice. Those who expelled us, face serious charges themselves. How can there be a natural justice if those investigating us have cases against themselves? Whatever we did was to save the spirit of AAP," he said.

Adding that there is a sense of deep regret on being expelled, Bhushan said that he is not planning to challenge the AAP's decision in court. "National disciplinary committee's formation is unconstitutional. Can we exhaust our energy on this? We will work on Swaraj Abhiyaan," he said.

Expelled leader Yogendra Yadav too, said that he would try and connect with the people. "We should not lose hope in the revolution which had created the AAP. People are today feeling cheated," he said claiming that a party itself cannot becomes the judge.

Unfazed by the expulsion, he said that he will not bow down due to the action against them. "Last night, there was sadness and anger, but today, there is determination," Yadav said.

Hitting out at party chief Arvind Kejriwal over the expulsions, one of AAP's founding members Shanti Bhushan said that he is highly disappointed with him. "I made a mistake in identifying Arvind Kejriwal. It is a very serious mistake as to what kind of person he is. He is the new Hitler," he said.

The AAP's national disciplinary committee on Monday expelled rebel leaders Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan, Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha for anti-party activities and "gross indiscipline".

The decision comes two days after the party issued a show-cause notice to the rebel leaders. The rebels were given show-cause notice on April 17 to explain the reason for organising 'Swaraj Samwad'. Three of them responded to the notice except Jha. Though, AAP said that it was not satisfied with the response it got to the show-cause notice.

AAP said in a statement,"National Disciplinary Committee met on April 20 at VP House to decide on the complaints against Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan, Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha. The committee received the responses of Yadav, Bhushan and Kumar while Jha failed to furnish his response within the prescribed time." The Committee carefully considered responses furnished by Yadav, Bhushan and Kumar and found them "unsatisfactory". The Committee, therefore, has decided to expel all the four members from the party," said the party statement.

Bhushan and Yadav were removed from AAP's Political Affairs Committee (PAC) on March 4. Both the camps - one headed by Kejriwal and second by the rebel duo - resorted to talks, but the negotiations failed after which Bhushan, Yadav, Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha were removed from National Executive, AAP's highest decision-making body.

The rebel leaders had then organised Swaraj Samvad convention on April 17. Falling short of declaring a new political outfit, the rebel camp announced of starting of Swaraj Abhiyan across the country. Bhushan and Yadav were one of the founder leaders of the AAP.