New Delhi: After being booted out of the Aam Aadmi Party on Monday night, former party leader Yogendra Yadav blamed his ouster on the "high command culture" developing in the outfit. Yadav said the expulsion of four leaders by the AAP leadership shows that the party had failed to counter the high command culture that dominates Indian politics.
He also ruled out floating a new party saying the people of India have become fed up of politics and a new party was last thing they wanted. "I always hoped that truth would prevail, it's like throwing you out of your own home," Yadav said.
"AAP's Delhi centric leadership has compromised its democratic values. We can't lead a robotic life, so pledge to take care of yourself and your families," he added.
AAP on Monday expelled Yadav along with Prashant Bhushan, Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha for gross indiscipline and anti-party activities. The decision to expel the four leaders was taken at AAP National Disciplinary Committee which met on April 20.
AAP claimed that Yadav, Bhushan and Kumar violated the code of conduct detailed in Article VI A (a) of the party's constitution. Jha failed to furnish his response but he was also charged with the same offence as the other three.
AAP had on April 17 served show-cause notices to the four senior leaders and removed them from important committees. Yadav had called the show-cause notice a "pre-scripted drama" where the outcome is already decided and well-known.
Both Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav went on the offensive after being expelled with the former liking the AAP to khap panchayats and the latter accusing the party of dragging and throwing him out of his house.
Launching a scathing attack on the AAP leadership and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Bhushan, a senior Supreme Court lawyer, said, "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."
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.