Infighting, letter war land AAP in soup

Infighting, letter war land AAP in soup

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday appeared divided with senior leader Yogendra Yadav attacking Arvind Kejriwal, while the party initiated moves to bring back Shazia Ilmi. 

The party leadership came under attack at a meeting of the national executive, attended by party leaders from across the country, to discuss the future course of action. The rift in the party’s top leadership emerged after exch­ange of letters between Yogendra Yadav and Manish Sisodia.

Yadav, had written to the party’s political affairs committee (PAC) after he resigned from panel. He charged the party with “falling prey to personality cult” and that the decisions taken reflected the wishes of the party chief. He described Kejriwal as a supremo.

Interestingly, senior party leader and Kejriwal’s close aide Manish Sisodia hit back at Yadav accusing him of targeting Kejriwal and making internal matters public.

“When you wanted to become Haryana in-charge and wanted to be projected as the CM candidate despite opposition from other PAC members, Arvind backed you. At that time, he was democratic (for you). The state of affairs of the party in Haryana is in a shambles,” Sisodia said. 

When contacted, Yadav refused to comment on the letter. Kejriwal, too, declined to comment on the issue. Senior AAP leader and PAC member Sanjay Singh also indicated the party would convince Ilmi to rejoin the outfit and may assign Anjali Damania to persuade Ilmi back into the party-fold.

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