All is well, no need to worry : Kejriwal on AAP

March 30, 2015 04:10 PM

NEW DELHI: Even though the bad blood of internal rivalry spilled over in public late last week with the ouster of rebel leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan from a key panel, Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal said on Monday that the party is "doing fine" and there is nothing to worry about.

"There is no need for worry. The party is doing fine. We will manage it well," Kejriwal, who is also Delhi chief minister, told reporters.

The removal of Yadav and Bhushan on Saturday is being viewed as a precursor to their removal from the party which they founded with others with the promise of setting an example of difference in the country's polity often marked with lies, corruption and power struggle.

The public perception about AAP, only two years old, perhaps earned for it a massive people's mandate in the Delhi assembly polls relegating the mainstream giants like BJP and Congress to the back seat.

However, Saturday's incident which was the culmination of a running battle between the followers of Kejriwal and that of Yadav-Bhushan duo appears to have put a question mark on the party's image specially after the public display of bitter acrimony and the allegations of the outcome of the National Council meeting being "scripted" in favour of the official camp.

The party's ombudsman or Lokpal, Admiral Ramdass, was also replaced; he alleged he learnt of the action against him through the media.

Both Yadav and Bhushan had been airing their voice against the lack of inner democracy and the practice of "one-upmanship" in the party, allegedly driven by Kejriwal's "diktat."

They refuted allegations of the Kejriwal loyalists that their sole agenda was to have Kejriwal step down as Convenor - the top post in the party. They claim that they were fighting for more democracy and transparency in a party that pledged both to distinguish itself from the traditional political parties.

Bhushan has reportedly hinted that they may think about founding their own party, but that will depend on an assessment of support from among the party volunteers.

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