The Aam Aadmi Party’s highest decision-making body, the Political Affairs Committee (PAC), is expected to meet on Tuesday evening at the residence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in Kaushambi.
The meeting was called after estranged AAP members Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav expressed a desire to meet Kejriwal. The two leaders were expelled from the PAC earlier this month.
Text messages exchanged
Bhushan on Monday sent a text message to Kejriwal suggesting that they should meet and put an end to the ongoing controversy. In reply, the 46-year-old chief minister is reported to have replied that he will meet them “in a few days”.
Bhushan’s conciliatory message to Kejriwal comes nearly a fortnight before AAP’s national council is scheduled to meet and discuss, in all likelihood, the future of Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav in the party. In a late-night development, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Ashish Khetan and Kumar Viswas visited Yadav at his Madhu Vihar residence.
Maintaining that the issues raised by him and Yadav were a matter of principles, Bhushan said he hoped that Kejriwal would agree to the meeting and then they could put the controversy to rest by mutual agreement.
“It is a matter of principles for us. We need to sit together and discuss the changes required to address those issues. I hope he replies and we can then have a one-on-one meeting to put an end to this controversy,” he added.
What lies ahead for AAP?
On whether Yadav also has sent any text to Kejriwal, Bhushan said that Yadav had told him they both could meet Kejriwal together or separately. “Yogendra told me that we both can have a joint meeting with Arvind or we can meet separately. Let’s see what happens now. I have tried from my side and it is up to Arvind now,” he said.
Kejriwal, who flew back into Delhi after 12 days of naturopathy treatment in Bengaluru for chronic cough and high sugar levels, was away from the rough-and-tumble while his party grappled with rebellion and allegations of horse-trading last year in an attempt to form the government again in Delhi.
Last week, an audio tape of a conversation between Kejriwal and former AAP legislator Rajesh Garg had surfaced. The recorded conversation had Kejriwal talking about splitting the Congress to form the AAP’s government in Delhi last year.