The churning in the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) reached a climax late Monday night, with the party expelling senior leaders Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan, Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha. The party’s disciplinary committee, which was once headed by Bhushan, had sent the four leaders showcause notices for allegedly indulging in anti-party activities.
Both Yadav and Bhushan reportedly said that they were “badly hurt” by the decision of AAP’s national disciplinary committee, which also expelled two other rebel leaders like Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha for alleged “anti-party activities and gross indiscipline” besides them last night.
“I am not surprised as from the past few days the matter was moving in such direction. Though I also cannot deny the fact that I am deeply hurt by it. How would you feel if someone drags and throws you out of your own house,” Yadav was quoted as saying by the media.
Lashing out at AAP chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Shanti Bhushan, father of Prashant Bhushan, said, “We made a mistake in identifying Arvind Kejriwal. It is a very serious mistake as to what kind of person he is. He is the new Hitler.”
The development came late on Monday night following separate replies of Bhushan and Yadav, to the showcause notice for organising an anti-party meet in Gurgaon last week.
The National Disciplinary Committee met on April 20, at 6 pm at 514, VP House to decide on the complaints against Yadav, Bhushan, Kumar and Jha. On the request of the respondents, the committee had earlier extended the deadline for submitting their explanations by one day, that is, to 3 pm on April 20, 2015.
However, the committee received the responses of Yadav, Bhushan and Kumar while Jha failed to furnish his response within the prescribed time. The committee carefully considered responses furnished by Yadav, Bhushan and Kumar and found them unsatisfactory.
The committee reached the unanimous conclusion that Yadav, Bhushan and Kumar had indulged in ”gross indiscipline and anti-party activities”. They have violated the Code of Conduct detailed in Article VI A (a) of Party’s Constitution.
The committee was of the view that Jha had failed to furnish his response in a stipulated time despite sufficient time at his disposal.
After examining the evidence put before it, the committee was of the unanimous view that Jha was also guilty of gross indiscipline and indulging in anti-party activities.
The committee, therefore, decided to expel all the four members from the party.