Bhushan, Yadav refute reports on reconciliation talks with AAP

Bhushan, Yadav refute reports on reconciliation talks with AAP

Swaraj India leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav on Monday dismissed reports of returning to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

Their statement comes a day after Kumar Vishwas claimed talks are on for their return.

Vishwas, who is at odds with the AAP leadership, made the comments on Sunday after he held an unprecedented meeting with volunteers at the party headquarters here.

"An absurd report. There are no talks or possibility of our returning to the AAP which has betrayed all the ideals of the anti-corruption movement," Bhushan tweeted.

Yadav, who walked out of the AAP along with Bhushan over a disagreement with the style of functioning of party chief Arvind Kejriwal in April 2015, also dismissed the remarks.

Yadav said the AAP has strayed away from the ideals on which it was formed.

Vishwas said discussions are on with those who left the party and said they will "ask for forgiveness for the mistakes" and cited the names of Bhushan and Yadav besides Subhash Ware, Anjali Damania, Mayank Gandhi and Dharamvira Gandhi among others.

Leaders close to Kejriwal said no talks have been initiated.

The AAP leaders see Vishwas calling a meeting at the party office and his subsequent remarks as his intent to open another round of confrontation.

The timing is also seen as significant as the AAP would soon start discussions on whom to send to the Rajya Sabha and Vishwas has not shied away from staking a claim for one of the three seats.

However, Vishwas' chances are bleak, going by his relationship with his one-time close friend Kejriwal.

Vishwas had risen in rebellion against a "coterie around Kejriwal" soon after the AAP's defeat in Assembly elections in Punjab and Goa, as well as in Delhi civic polls.

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