A day after he was expelled from the Aam Aadmi Party for anti-party activities, Yogendra Yadav on Tuesday said he is not planning to launch a new political party with Prashant Bhushan and that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will always have his best wishes.
“The last thing that the country needs is another political party. Doodh ka jalaa chhachh bhi phoonk phoonk ke peeta hai (Once bitten, twice shy),” Yadav said in an exclusive interview with Rajdeep Sardesai for Headlines Today.
“When you have bouncers in the National Council, that was the end of it. When the Lokpal was thrown out, we knew that the split was inevitable,” he said. Yadav and Bhushan had accused the AAP of hiring bouncers for its noisy National Executive meet last month.
Yadav said he had remained silent all through the two months of the AAP implosion which saw a bitter slugfest between its top leadership. “I was silent at every stage despite people asking me why I was so. I only spoke when we were thrown out,” he said, referring to the scathing reply to the AAP’s show-cause notice in which the psephologist-turned-politician accused Kejriwal of a “Stalinist-like purge”.
“But Arvind Kejriwal will always have my best wishes. I am always available for any help he needs me,” Yadav said, adding, “Advani and Vajpayee stayed in the same party for 40 years, why can’t we?”
When asked if he plans to launch another party, Yadav said there is no such plan. “Movements create leaders, leaders do not create movements,” he said, adding that the AAP was always a national movement.
On the allegations made by fellow dissident Bhushan on AAP leader Ashish Khetan about paid news, Yadav said, “All the allegations should be investigated. If there is a case about Essar, please investigate that.
It is unfortunate that such issues are distracting us from the main point we are making.”
Bhushan has accused Khetan of indulging in paid news when he worked for Tehelka magazine. “Ashish Khetan had writted on the 2G scam in Tehelka magazine. Later, the Essar group paid the magazine Rs.3 crore for its ThinkFest,” he wrote in his reply to the show-cause notice.