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A file photo of AAP leaders (from right) Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav. Photo: HT
A file photo of AAP leaders (from right) Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav. Photo: HT

AAP warns rebels against meeting

Rebel camp has organized the meeting to decide course of action after Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan were removed from party's executive bodies

New Delhi: Ahead of a meeting of the rebel faction of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday, leaders of the Arvind Kejriwal camp have indicated the party’s executive bodies would soon decide on action to be taken against the rebel members.

“This is not a programme that is authorized by the party. The party will be watching the meeting tomorrow, after which the political affairs committee (PAC) and the national executive of the party will decide on what action has to be taken," PAC member Sanjay Singh said on Monday.

The party’s national council on 28 March had authorized the PAC to take disciplinary action against any member who issues a media statement against the party line and takes decisions that tarnish the party’s image.

The infighting in the fledgling party has already led to the removal of prominent leaders such as Prashant Bhushan, Yogendra Yadav, Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha from all executive bodies. Bhushan and Yadav had said the party is straying from its founding principles.

The rebel camp has organized the meeting, called Swaraj Samwad, to decide the course of action after Yadav and Bhushan were removed from both the PAC and the national executive. So far, 4,500 volunteers from across the country have signed up for the meeting. Over 100 AAP candidates who contested in the general election are expected to attend.

“Technically, the meeting is not a parallel meeting. They (rebel camp) have every right to organize a meeting. They (Kejriwal faction) are trying to find an instrument against the rebel camp," said Bidyut Chakrabarty, who teaches political science at Delhi University. “The meeting can easily be identified as being against the party and its constitution."

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