Disunity after victory: Cold War in AAP?
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
People of India, fed up with corrupt and anti-people governments, now look forward to the AAP to guide, help and show them the right path. The recent poll in Delhi inspired the Indian masses to dream of a better and less expensive life.
It is unfortunate that instead of developing further the popular party known as AAP to help the peole who trust them by implementing the electoral promises given to people, its leaders behave like little school boys fighting over a chocolate.
Interestingly, the leaders of Congress party that has been totally disgraced by Delhiites and of the BJP which was decimated and relegated to the level of independents, are not even fighting over the causes of defeat but the winners of Delhi fort, the Aam Admi party are now engaged in a bitter battle for nothing.
Such an ugly scenario of a infighting in a party immediately after a historic poll verdict in its favor is unheard in the political history of the world.
One can guess what would have happened in AAP, had the party lost badly in Delhi like the Congress or BJP or like what happened in parliamentary elections.
Less than a month after it stormed to power winning 67 of the 70 seats in Delhi, the AAP is split between senior leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan on the one hand and Kejriwal backers on the other.
Maybe the leaders have not yet come to an understanding over how the party won a massive victory in Delhi soon after its debacle in parliamentary poll and each might be claiming his own importance in the poll victory. It is ridiculous if it were so.
There is no denying the fact that Arvind Kejriwal leads the party from the front and Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan are also the backbone of the growth and strengthening of AAP in Delhi and elsewhere.
However, clearly, it is Arvind Kejriwal who is taken by the peole as the custodian of the party. Delhiites voted overwhelmingly for the AAP because of Kejriwal and not because of other leaders. In fact, any candidate would have own the assembly seats fielded by Kejriwal. That is the a sway he has established over the people by hard labor, fighting for their causes
Delhiites trust him for what Kejriwal is.
One has no idea what has promoted the leaders of AAP to take to street for a small fight and who is going to benefit from this nonsense.
AAP leaders are trying in fact to squander the trust of the Delhiites placed on them as responsible leaders of India.
The Aam Aadmi Party always keeps its collar up saying that the party stands out from the rest.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on March 03 said he was deeply hurt and pained by the open warfare within the Aam Aadmi Party. This is “betrayal of trust the people of Delhi reposed in us,” Kejriwal tweeted, adding he won’t allow “people’s trust to be broken”. “I refuse to be drawn in this ugly battle. Will concentrate only on Delhi’s governance,” he added.
Amid the ongoing controversy surrounding the rift within the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has resigned as the party’s convener ahead of the national executive meeting scheduled to take place this evening. Kejriwal has said he cannot do justice to both the chief minister’s post and that of the convener. Kejriwal had earlier offered to resign as the convener, but the move was unanimously rejected.
AAP leader Yogendra Yadav, however, earlier in the day said that Kejriwal staying as the party’s national convener is essential.
The AAP is embroiled in an ugly internal strife barely a month after forming a majority government in Delhi. AAP leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan are likely to be asked to put forth their clarifications in the party’s national executive meeting due to take place today. There is unconfirmed speculation that the duo may be eased out of the national executive, which is the AAP’s top policy body.
There are reports of a majority of the national executive being in favour of the ouster of the duo, as they feel both have brought a bad name to the AAP by talking about the lack of so-called internal democracy in the party. The decision, if carried out, would mean that Bhushan and Yadav would cease to be decision makers in a party that is sure to expand its wings in the country once it cements its foundation in Delhi.
AAP leaders should remember how they fought together for the success of the party and should now know disunity in the team can cause immense problem for each one of them.
Unity, on the other hand, can keep the people, above the party leadership, happy.
School books, they should know, underline the importance of unity in the face of adversity.