Ahead of tomorrow’s National Executive meeting which may seal the fate of Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, AAP MLA Adarsh Shastri said on Tuesday indicated that the party’s Political Affairs Committee (PAC), of which the duo is a part, may be “reconstructed”.
“The National Executive may authorise Kejriwal to reconstruct the PAC,” he said, refusing to comment on the possible ouster of the two embattled senior leaders from the committee.
However, revealing a sharp division within AAP, a party source rubbished accusations that Yadav and Bhushan were involved in “anti-party activities”, and instead lauded their contribution.
“Whatever they have done cannot be forgotten and I don’t think any disciplinary action should be taken against them in the meeting,” said the source.
Shastri, the party’s Dwarka MLA, sought to play down the bickering within the party saying certain internal differences were being blown “out of proportion” by the media.
He said the differences pertaining to the party’s expansion plans were being “exaggerated” as the dominant view was to focus on Delhi and to build it as a model of governance.
“We believe that if we don’t work in Delhi we won’t be able to strengthen the party in other states. Time demands that the party works under the leadership of Kejriwal and broadens its base based on that,” he said.
Earlier in the day, Kejriwal had said that he was hurt by the current rumblings in the party and would focus on governance in Delhi.
“Deeply hurt and pained by what is going on in the party; this is betrayal of trust that Delhi posed in us,” Kejriwal said in a tweet.
The Delhi Chief Minister may also skip the meeting on the pretext of ill-health and official commitment.