Bhushan, Yadav don’t rule out forming new party1 min read . Updated: 31 Mar 2015, 09:11 PM IST
Bhushan however said the focus should right now be on issues and movements rather than forming a political party
New Delhi: Dissident AAP leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav on Tuesday maintained suspense over their future plans but did not rule out forming a political party after taking views of volunteers and well-wishers supporting them.
Wrathful over the way Kejriwal was running the party, Bhushan said he and Yadav will have detailed discussions with their supporters from across the country at a meeting on 14 April which has been convened to channelise the positive energy of those AAP members who “felt betrayed" by the current leadership.
“It need not be a political party. But it could also be a political party depending upon what they want and what happens. My personal opinion is that we should right now concentrate on issues and movements rather than forming a political party," Bhushan told PTI in an interview.
The lawyer, who had joined hands with Kejriwal over 10 years back during the RTI movement, said he felt “very sad" at the way he and Yadav were removed. Expressing regret over supporting Kejriwal, Bhushan said the way the National Council meeting on 28 March was conducted was “unpardonable".
Bhushan claimed that Kejriwal was very desperate to capture power in Delhi after the Lok Sabha poll debacle and continued his efforts just before dissolution of the Delhi Assembly in November last year. He said Kejriwal even approached a social activist to speak to Rahul Gandhi to garner Congress support. “In November (2014), he approached Nikhil Dey and asked him to speak to Rahul Gandhi as to get him to Congress support for government formation," Bhushan said.
Dey could not be contacted for his comments. Giving an account of the events that widened his rift with Kejriwal, Bhushan said soliciting Congress support to form government again after Lok Sabha polls, the decision not to contest assembly polls in Haryana and selection of candidates for Delhi polls were some of the major contentious issues.
Bhushan said though AAP’s political affairs committee and national executive decided against forming a government with Congress support again, Kejriwal had continued his efforts either to get Congress support or to “breakaway MLAs" from the party.