New Delhi: Ahead of the crucial national executive council (NEC) meet today, senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Yogendra Yadav said that he is hopeful of some good news coming out from the meet.
“AAP was born out of hopes and aspirations of people, these hopes cannot go in vain, you will hear good news in the evening,” he said.
Interestingly, Yadav also heaped praise on party's Delhi unit convenor and secretary Dilip Pandey for honestly writing about his ‘anti-party activities'.
“Whatever Dilip ji has written in the letter about me, is full of bitterness. But party will never get an honest worker like him... he has sacrificed a lot for the party. If Dilip ji is speaking something, it doesn't mean that he is a wrong person,” Yadav said.
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“If I have done anything wrong, I should be punished for that. If I have violated discipline, action should be taken,” Yadav added.
He also said that if the NEC today decides to remove him from the highest-decision making body, Political Affair Committee (PAC), he will continue to serve the party as a worker.
“If I am not capable enough to be in PAC, I should be removed, but leaving a post doesn't mean I will leave party. Who should be member of PAC is not an issue, issue is ensuring greater say of volunteers, afterall it's their party,” Yadav, who unsuccessfully contested last Lok Sabha polls from Gurgaon, opined.
“If not in PAC, will continue to work, All I want to say is - 'na todenge na chhodenge, sudhaarenge, khud bhi sudhrenge,” he added very quickly.
Yadav, however, accepted that there are differences within the party on several issues but such signs are good for internal democracy.
“No political party, family or office can say all is well, there are issues and difficulties. It is only through these tests of fire, we shall come out and say yes we are different. Who should be the convener of party is not an issue, issue is about strengthening internal democracy within party,” Yadav, a well-known political pundit said.
“We have a huge mandate, this is a moment to work with large heartedness, we represent hope, those hopes will not be dashed,” Yadav further said.
Meanwhile, Senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Prashant Bhushan has said that he is disappointed with ongoing internal rift within the party involving his name and that pro-Arvind Kejriwal camp compromised on party ethics on several occasion.
In an interview to Times of India, the AAP leader claimed that the accusations against him are just a ploy to divert attention from the real issues.
He, however, said that the issue is not about a personality clash but it is about party not adhering to principles for which it was founded.
“Yes, I am disappointed because it's not an issue of personality or whether who should remain in the political affairs committee or national executive. These concern basic principles of accountability, transparency and Swaraj that the party was founded on,” Bhushan said.
Differences between Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders like Prashant Bhushan, Shanti Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav are out in the open for quite some time now.
Though the leaders are calling it a clash of ideas not personalities, the party is clearly divided in two camps -- pro-Kejriwal and anti-Kejriwal.
Sources said that the majority in the 21-member National Executive, which meets today, have favoured ousting Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav from the nine-member, decision-making Political Affairs Committee (PAC).