AAP executive meet hijacked, may take legal recourse: Bhushan, Yadav

AAP executive meet hijacked, may take legal recourse: Bhushan, Yadav

AAP founding members Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, who were sacked from the party's National Executive on Saturday, said the meeting was hijacked by the Arvind Kejriwal camp and hinted at seeking "legal recourse".

Accusing party convener Arvind Kejriwal and his camp of "unethical practices", they termed the meeting "unconstitutional and illegal".

Hinting at moving the court or the Election Commission, Bhushan said they have option of taking legal recourse.

"It is true that we can move the court, Election Commission or call another meeting of the National Council. All options are open," Bhushan told the media after their sacking.

Accusing Kejriwal for adopting "dictatorial" tendencies and behaving ruthlessly in the party, he said: "I failed to curb his dictatorial tendencies and it has taken now a more ugly form."
Yadav said that he was shocked to hear that "such type" of things - that are reported from other parties - have happened in AAP.

Briefing media persons about the meeting, he said: "As soon as we reached there, I was greeted with 'Murdabad' slogans."

He said he found that "only a selected few were allowed to go inside the meeting venue" and briefly held a sit-in before joining the meeting after some time.

"No procedure was followed in the meeting," Yadav alleged, terming it "chaotic". He said when he asked Gopal Rai, who had been appointed in-charge, to give them some time to put forth their point of view, Rai asked them to write it down.

"I then asked him how was it possible as the voting was already on," Yadav said.
"As Arvind finished his speech, he left the meeting saying that he had pressing work to attend to. Gopal Rai was made in-charge without any voting or discussion," he said, adding that right after that Manish Sisodia took over and began reading a "resolution".

Sisodia said that 167 members had supported it and started voting on it by asking who were in favour and who were against it, Yadav said.

"Nobody knew who were voting or non-voting members. The drama continued. Meanwhile, I kept insisting to Rai to at least have a discussion on it, but nobody listened and we came out of the meeting knowing well it was all pre-planned," he said.

Bhushan echoed Yadav's comments, adding that it was shameful that the AAP, which emerged out of an unprecedented movement had become like the same political parties it used to oppose for not being democratic, ethical and transparent.

Yadav said that even party Lokpal, Admiral L. Ramdas (retd) was not allowed to attend the meeting, being told that it is an internal meet only legislators have been invited apart from authorised National Council members.

Bhushan alleged the meeting was attended by "hooligans as every legislators was directed to bring 50 people in the the meeting" and some people who tried to oppose the resolution to oust them "beaten up".

He said Kejriwal provoked members in the meeting, and that it was an "orchestrated performance".
Yadav said two bouncers dragged party member Ramzan Chaudhary, who supported them, and thrashed him.

They presented some of their "injured" colleagues before the media.
Chaudhary said: "I was only asking for a debate in the meeting and bouncers beat me. I also have fractures."
However, AAP rubbished their claims and said the meeting was "peaceful".

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