A day after high voltage drama unfolded in Aam Aadmi Party’s National Executive meet, a video showing Arvind Kejriwal’s speech at the meeting was released by the party on Sunday.
Around 45 minutes long video shows Kejriwal accusing dissidents Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan of conspiring against the party.
“Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav had threatened us before Delhi polls that they will hold press conference and destroy the party. The senior members of AAP had to convince them not to defame the party as it was heading for a historic win. This has been going on for the past one year,” Kejriwal said in the video.
He further revealed, “In February last year, Yogendra Yadav’s PA Vijay Raman called one of our volunteers, Satya, and told him that I will be removed from party’s convenor’s post as I was made Delhi’s CM. He also told Satya that since Yadav will take over the charge of national convenor, he would form his own secretariat and Satya was being considered to be a part of it.”
“After LS polls debacle, I was targeted many times. In June first week, our NE meet was held. In the meeting I broke down in tears and told everyone that I can fight against Modi, Gadkari, Khurshid and Ambani, but can’t fight against Prashantji and Yadav. I decided to quit politics, but both Yadav and Prashantji convinced me not to take such a decision,” he added.
Talking about alleged conspiracies, Kejriwal said, “A faction of AAP had supported AVAM for spreading lies against our funding in media. Prashantji had told people that he wanted party’s defeat in Delhi so that they can do introspection. Stories were being planted against us in media. Reacting on a media report, our volunteer called Yadav and asked him if he has spoken to a journalist against AAP, but Yadav denied. However, later he accepted it and when we called the journalist to enquire about the story’s source she told us that Yadav had told a group of journalists during a breakfast meet in Chandigarh to write against me.”
Hinting at Shanti Bhushan, Kejriwal said that he was in for a shock when he heard a statement in media that a senior most member of AAP had said that his first choice for Delhi CM was Kiran Bedi, second was Ajay Maken and third was Kejriwal.
“We tried all possible ways to mend ways, but all in vain. They also placed five condition before us and we agreed to all, but later they said that they were only bargaining with us,” he said.
A resolution to remove the two dissident leaders along with their supporters Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha from the powerful panel was passed at the National Council with 247 members supporting it.
10 members opposed it while 54 others did not take part in the voting, AAP National Secretary Pankaj Gupta said.
After the meeting, Yadav and Bhushan accused Kejriwal of using unfair means including bringing goons at the meeting who allegedly beat up a number of National Council members opposed to the resolution.
“It was a murder of democracy. Everything played out in accordance with a predetermined script and the resolution was moved and passed within minutes completely disregarding laid down procedures. It was a total farce,” said an agitated Yadav.
Bhushan alleged Kejriwal came fully prepared to “kick us out” from the party and that a number of NC members, who supported him, and Yadav were injured.