The bickering within the Aam Aadmi Party could lead a division in its core leadership after party leaders accused Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan of endeavoring to remove Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as its convenor. AAP is a one and half year old party born out of the great political churning. The fact that its leaders are not simply reclining in the glory of election win and looting (like BJP and Congress) but its evolving ideology and politics through intense battle of ideas and views – this fact alone is an encouraging aftermath of AAP’s victory. The main issue is to separate the issues from non-issues. Nobody disagrees on what AAP stands for. There are limitations in the implementation which Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan highlighted. AAP should work towards undertaking those inadequacies, and do not let personal ego and ambitions come into.
Arvind Kejriwal has done tremendous things for AAP. Arvind should follow his party rules and allow someone else to become the national convenor of AAP, like Yogendra Yadav. If Yadav becomes convenor then Kejriwal’s close associates like Sanjay Singh, Ashutosh and Dilip Pandey will feel that their powers have been snatched. This will be good for the party in the long run. Prashant Bhushan can return to the party, but his father Shanti Bhushan, like unreliable laud mouths must quit. To keep AAP intact is a challenging task for Kejriwal; he has to be more humble and calm at this moment of crisis.
For the second time, Delhiites have kept faith on Kejriwal and given mandate to his party. He should focus on Delhi, because he has been given big responsibility by voters. Party’s issue-difference should be solved within the four walls, in no time. People have given chance to perform, if he fails to do so, he may not get another opportunity. Already, Kejriwal is walking on a tight rope. Other political parties are watching them very closely. AAP was a movement to cleanse the dirty politics and actually reset the “system” of this country. They ventured into political arena to get the common man into the state of affairs. Kejriwal led from the front and led it to a thumping win in elections.
The AAP has been struck by repeated rumours of rifts over the past few days as letters by senior leaders have found their way into the media. First, a letter written by the party ombudsman, Admiral (Retd) L. Ramdas, lamented the way in which the party had been split into two camps. Two notes written by Mr. Bhushan and Yadav surfaced later, seeking inner party democracy and raising concerns about a “personality cult” being built around Kejriwal. A fourth letter by the AAP’s Delhi secretary, Dilip Pandey, came as a counter to those notes, accusing Yadav of a conspiracy to take over as party convenor. While some in the AAP view the notes by Bhushan and Yadav as an affront to Kejriwal, others say it is a healthy exercise to promote discussion within the party about its future course.
It is said the rift between the AAP’s three most prominent leaders is the result of the party moving away from an “academic Leftist idealism”, which Yadav and Bhushan embodied, towards a more pragmatic approach towards politics. These differences have been played out within the party recently with public disagreements over issues such as selection of candidate and the question of whether to expand its base or focus energy on Delhi. The AAP should resolve the internal conflict as soon as possible and should direct all their energies towards ensuring better governance otherwise the people who voted for them would feel cheated and the party would lose the confidence of the people. This is not the time for AAP leaders to divide themselves in groups. India has high expectations from the top brass of AAP’s leaders. The party should put differences on the back burner and concentrate on the delivery of promises made by it in Delhi elections. Only this would enable them to enlarge the party base. The voters of Delhi, those who gave AAP a great mandate a few weeks ago, will also be “deeply hurt and pained” by what is going on within that party.
This party doesn’t seem to hold responsibilities on their shoulders. After five years, Delhi electorate will certainly bear all this in their minds. I hope that the party will understand this and organise themselves in a better way. It is time that party should frame rules based on its objectives. It should announce and conduct elections for internal democracy. Differences within a party members’ is not a big deal, it happens in every political party. However, the way the private meetings statement made by party’s spokeperson in public is not acceptable. It should be dealt within the party. Both Prashant Bhusan and Yogendra Yadav have contributed for the party’s development. So, Arvind Kejriwal should give them an ear to have an amicable settlement without much noise in public.