Delhi: Expelled from AAP, Prashant Bhushan hits back at the party, says AAP is a khap panchayat. Dissident Dharamvir Gandhi replaced by Bhagwant Mann as leader of AAP’s Parliamentary Party.
The Aam Aadmi Party that came into power with the promise of bringing about a change in the national capital, has since been making headlines for all the wrong reasons. After weeks of high-octane drama the party finally cracked the whip late Monday night expelling Prashant Bhushan, Yogendra Yadav, Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha for ‘gross indiscipline’ and ‘anti-party activities’.
AAP had served show-cause notices to the four members, for the ‘swaraj samvad’ or open dialogue -organised on 14th of April.
Before being shown the door, the four members were removed from their party posts. AAP also sacked its parliamentary party leader Dharamvira Gandhi, who had spoken against expulsion of Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan. Gandhi has been replaced with Arvind Kejriwal loyalist Bhagwant Mann.
The fight only turned uglier with allegations running thick and fast between the expelled leaders and AAP members.
Dissident leader Prashant Bhushan accused National Disciplinary Committee members Pankaj Gupta of accepting donations from dubious companies and Ashish Khetan of writing ‘paid news’.
Bhushan alleged that the move to expel them was a result of taking up the issue with the party.
AAP has however refuted the claims terming it as entirely baseless and blamed the expelled leaders for anti-party activities.