Aam Aadmi Party chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal threatened to resign from his post and lashed out at its founder-members Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav during his speech in National Council meet today. After delivering an emotional speech, he left the meeting before a decision to sack Yadav and Bhushan from the national executive was taken.
Kejriwal recounted the AAP’s journey, mentioning his 49 days of Delhi government, quitting it, Lok Sabha debacle and historic win in Delhi assembly polls.
Kejriwal then started his attack on Bhushan-Yadav duo and asked the members to make a choice between him and them. He accused them of acting against the party to ensure a defeat in Delhi assembly polls.
“He categorically pointed out that Prashant Bhushan and his father Shanti Bhushan and Yadav made every effort to defeat AAP in Delhi elections,” a senior leader, who was present at the meeting, said.
“He said that when the whole party was working towards ensuring its victory in the polls, they were scheming for its defeat,” the leader said.
His speech prompted Yadav and Bhushan to accuse him of “instigating” the members.
During a press conference later, Yadav accused Kejriwal of standing as a “mute spectator” and allowing bouncers to assault a section of NC members.
“He gave a dramatic speech for around one hour and it was full of allegations against us. He threatened to resign if we were not removed. He also accused Shanti Bhushan of anti-party activities without taking his name. Then, 10 people, including MLAs like Kapil Mishra, shouted slogans calling us traitors. The drama went on for 5-7 minutes during which he (Kejriwal) stood like a statue,” Yadav said.