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Have no issues over Kejriwal as National Convenor: Yogendra Yadav

New Delhi, PTI | Updated : 03 March 2015, 11:45 PM

Facing the possibility of being removed from AAP’s top panel PAC, senior party leader Yogendra Yadav tonight said he has no issues over Arvind Kejriwal continuing as National Convenor.

“National Convenor is not an issue and has never been an issue. Who becomes a member of PAC and not is also not an issue. We have always believed that Arvind bhai (Kejriwal) should always lead the party.

“Prashant Bhushan and I have always maintained that and even we had rejected the resignation (tendered by Kejriwal in the last NE meet),” Yadav told PTI.

His comments assume significance as there are reports that he along with Prashant Bhushan will be dropped from the PAC. A decision on this is likely to be taken by the National Executive tomorrow.

The Arvind Kejriwal camp has alleged that Yadav, Prashant and Shanti Bhushan want to “remove” the Delhi chief minister from the post of National Convenor.

When asked about the issue of personality cult in the party, Yadav said, “This is a dilemma in modern politics. You need to have faces. Personality plays an important role in electoral politics. At the same time, organisation should take care of this.”

“Unfortunately these questions are reduced to personality clashes,” he said.

Responding to a query on whether he would quit the PAC, Yadav said, he had was ready to do that to allow new blood in the party’s top decision making body.

“This was an offer made by me and Prashant Bhushan. We are saying this since February last year that we are ready to step down.

“Even I had offered to step down and all members should step down. Our PAC needs to be reconstituted with representation from gender, social background, and regional background to reflect the new talent the party has acquired now.”

Terming the charges levelled against him that he along with Bhushan wanted the party to lose in Delhi assembly polls, as “not worthy of any serious response”, Yadav said during the polls he was present doing forecast for the party and defending the organisation when worst allegations came up. 

First Published: Tuesday, March 03, 2015 11:43 PM
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