With the party facing escalated internecine conflict, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal today said he was “hurt and pained” by what was going on within the outfit, terming it as an “ugly battle” which has “betrayed” the trust imposed by the people.
Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal, who is the party’s national convener, refused to be drawn into the “ugly battle”, saying he will concentrate on Delhi’s governance.
I refuse to be drawn in this ugly battle.Will concentrate only on Delhi's governance.जनता के भरोसे को किसी भी हालत में टूटने नहीं दूंगा(2/2)— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) March 3, 2015
I am deeply hurt and pained by what is going on in the party. This is betrayal of trust that Delhi posed in us(1/2)— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) March 3, 2015
Indications of the party’s hardline were available at a press conference by AAP’s senior leader Sanjay Singh, who said accusing Yadav and Bhushan, although without naming them, of attempting to “remove” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal from the post of party convener.
He also targeted party patron Shanti Bhushan for his comment in an interview that Kejriwal should be replaced by Yadav.
“Someone from within the party, certain senior leaders are trying to remove Arvind Kejriwal from the post of National Convener, by targeting him and maligning the party,” Singh told reporters here.
Without naming Bhushan and Yadav, he referred to statements and letters by senior leaders which amounted to making the party a butt of ridicule and a “joke of us”.
Expressing displeasure over the leaking of letters to the media, the Political Affairs Committee (PAC) member, said the issues could be discussed in the party forum rather than bringing them before the public through the media.
He announced that the party’s national executive would meet on Wednesday and decide on all issues including the latest controversy over differences in the party.