AAP quells dissent, rejects resignations

Kejriwal promises reorganisation of party, revival of anti-corruption movements

AAP quells dissent, rejects resignations

After containing a rebellion, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) expanded its national executive and initiated the process of reorganising the party at all levels.

The party rejected all the resignations, including that of Shazia Ilmi, and indicated that it will revive an anti-corruption and anti-Modi movement.

It seemed like the fierce fighting among party leaders has ended, giving way for peace. Arvind Kejriwal addressed a press conference after the meeting of national committee. He was flanked by Prashant Bhushan, Manish Sisodia, Yogendra Yadav and Sanjay Singh. 

When mediapersons sought his reaction to the allegations made by Yadav, Kejriwal smiled and said, “you want us to fight”. 

He gave the microphone to Yadav, who said his allegations were not meant to target Kejriwal personally but aimed against the personality cult.

Kejriwal asserted that the party did well. All the parties, including the Congress, were routed by the Modi-wave but the new party secured over 1 crore vote and four seats in Lok Sabha, he added. 

He declared that the party will be reorganised at all levels and Prithvi Reddy has been made the chief of this mission. 

Anjali Damania, Anand Kumar, Ashutosh, Ajit Jha and others would be its members. He also announced expansion of the national executive. 
Former TV journalist Ashutosh, actor Gul Panag, Dilip Pandey, Ashish Khetan, all the MPs and noted activist Lingraj were included as special invitees to the committee.

The resolutions the party has taken clearly indicate that it is going to revive its anti-corruption and anti-Modi fight in coming days in addition to the local issues of Delhi like power and electricity. 

The AAP raised the issue of proposed hiking of price of natural gas supplied by Reliance, and said that the increase would lead to price-rise.

The party has also opposed the proposal of 100 per cent FDI in defence and said it would be equal to leaving national security in the hands of foreigners. The party also demanded action against organisations like Hindu Rashtra Sena allegedly involved in the killing of a software engineer.

Prashant Bhushan said mere setting up an SIT to probe black money will not do. He suggested amendments in laws to curb its generation. According to sources, the party also deliberated upon strategies for elections in Haryana, Maharashtra and Punjab.

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