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AAP crisis: New breakaway party soon?

yadavNEW DELHI: Amid speculation that rebel Aam Aadmi Party leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav may float a new party, the two leaders have convened a meeting of their supporters on April 14 to chart out their future course of action.

Yadav said in an interview to a news agency his camp’s supporters, volunteers and well-wishers will meet on B.R. Ambedkar’s birth anniversary on April 14.

“My opinion is that the spirit of the AAP movement has to be kept alive. We must march forward.

“We must not allow these incidents and negativity to affect us. We should move forward. The way … would be to generate energy in the country,” Yadav said, but refused to elaborate any further.

Anticipating his expulsion as well as that of Bhushan from the AAP, Yadav said the AAP leadership will not stop before throwing him and Bhushan out of the party, and both were prepared for it.

He said he will not resign on his own.

“Going by what we have witnessed in the last one month, that will be the most natural consequence. I thought initially that sidelining us was enough for them,” he said.

“Then I thought may be they just want to throw us out from the political affairs committee, then it is the national executive and my own sense is that this whole farce is being played out in the true sprit of Stalinist purges and it would stop only after our expulsion from the party,” Yadav said.

The rebel duo was expelled from the national executive at a meeting of the AAP national council on March 28, weeks after they were removed from the political affairs committee.

Yadav said thousands of supporters and well-wishers of the AAP were deeply disturbed by what was happening and wanted to see a way in which some of these things can be redressed.

“The questions Prashant (Bhushan) and I have raised are not individual questions. There is nothing personal about these questions.

“We would pose the same questions to volunteers across the country whose voice we have raised and who have been calling to say that they support us. We would meet them and then decide what is to be done,” Yadav added. – From Asian Age

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