New Delhi: AAP's rebel camp of Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav will hold a ‘Swaraj Samvad' convention tomorrow to discuss the future course of action after their explusion from AAP's top echelons, even as the party warned of action against those attending the event.
Sources close to Yadav and Bhushan said the rebel camp will not announce floating of a new party, but will raise issues of inner-party democracy and transparency in the organisation at the event.
Yadav said they have received tremendous response from the volunteers across the country and this has compelled them to change the venue.
“We have given an open invitation to everyone about this. We have got an overwhelming response for the event and this has forced us to change the venue. From different corners of country, volunteers and supporters will be attending the event. Some special guests will also attend the meeting,” he said.
Taking a jibe at the rival camp, Yadav said that the whole event will be transparent, media will be allowed and even carrying of pens and mobile phones will be permitted.
In the National Council meeting, which expelled the duo from the National Executive, media was not allowed neither were volunteers allowed to carry mobile phones and pens.
“Swaraj, which we think, has the possibility of changing the politics should also be there in our programme. All volunteers will be allowed to ventilate their greviances and decisions will be subjected to voting.
“The dialouge process will put to rest all the confusion and we will be able to take some decision by the end of the convention,” Yadav said.
Incidentally, AAP has warned of action against those planning to attend the meeting.
Senior party leader Sanjay Singh said AAP's all-powerful Political Affairs Committee (PAC) and its National Executive (NE) would decide the next move in this regard after the meeting.
“Swaraj Samvad is not a party function. The PAC and NE will decide on what action needs to be taken after the meeting,” Singh told reporters here.
Responding to the warning, Yadav said he was still a member of the party and he had not received any kind of warning.
“You are talking about the party leadership. The party leadership is not just the Aam Aadmi Party. We have not received any formal instruction from the party,” Yadav said.
“The agenda for tomorrow's meeting will be plight and direction of the alternate politics. We will also discuss on what should the direction be,” he said. The party said the entire convention will be streamed online.
Anand Kumar, another AAP leader who was expelled from the National Executive last month along with Ajit Jha, said they had intended to call the meeting after 2013 Delhi Assembly polls, but it got postponed due to various reasons.
AAP's Timarpur MLA Pankaj Pushkar, tribal activist Soni Sori and rights activist Aruna Roy are expected to attend the event.
The Yadav and Bhushan camp has also said that over 100 candidates who had contested on AAP ticket in the Lok Sabha polls will attend the event.