The Aam Aadmi Party rebels Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan held a meeting with the volunteers from across India.
Quoting former internal lokpal Admiral Ramdas, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Yogendra Yadav on Tuesday urged supporters to return to party’s constitution, mission and vision in order to end the anger and sadness around them. ”There are AAP volunteers who are still expecting some miracle to happen. For all those for whom AAP was the fresh gush of air, under these circumstances, we have to work very hard to keep the dream alive. The anger and sadness around must come to an end. For this I request that we all return to our constitution, we all must return to our mission and we must come back to the vision we had when the party started,” Yadav said while reading out Admiral Ramdas’ statement at the Swaraj Samvad meeting here.
A number of AAP leaders and prominent individuals on Tuesday stayed away from the convention of party rebels Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan and chose to express solidarity through written statements instead.
AAP’s Patiala MP Dharamvira Gandhi, who had earlier faced the leadership’s ire for taking stand in favour of the dissidents, in a letter stressed the need to work towards strengthening the party’s core ideals. “The need of these challenging times is to stay true to the party’s founding ideals and foundational principles and to dispassionately debate all the ideological and organisational issues to prevent the deviation of AAP which has become a symbol of alternative politics,” he said.
Clarifying that he is “not from and has never” been part of AAP, activist Nikhil Dey read out Roy’s message. “We will have to make sure that common man has full stake in democracy. Alternative politics should be accountable, transparent and one that responds to people,” she said. Veteran Journalist Kuldip Nayyar, also sent out a message said that “insulting” people like Bhushan and Yadav was a big mistake.