Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Reasons For Headache FoR AAP Leader Arvind Keriwal

10 quotes that are giving AAP and Kejriwal a splitting headache -Economic Times 
(Read my comments given below)

NEW DELHI: The rift within the Aam Aadmi party has snowballed into a free for all. A day after charges came out thick and flying that senior party members Prashant Bhushan, Shanti Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav were trying to stage a coup against their chief Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi CM stepped in, saying he was "deeply hurt and pained by what was going on."

Here are 10 quotes that explain the row that the Aam Aadmi party is facing right now:

Senior leader Prashant Bhusan fires first salvo: One person-centric campaign is making AAP look more and more like other conventional parties, which are also person-centric, the only difference being that we still claim we are wedded to the principles of Swaraj, while they don't.

AAP Delhi secretary Dilip Pandey hits back: Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan facilitated the formation of an anti-party forum called AVAM. There is substantial proof to show they were backing activities against the AAP.

AAP party spokesperson Ashutosh waters down fight: There is decisive churning in AAP. It's clash of ideas between ultra left who demand referendum in Kashmir and pragmatic politics of welfarism.

Senior AAP leader Ashish Khetan gets personal: Father-son-daughter trio of Shanti Prashant and Shalini wanted to have a vice-like grip on all party wings, from PAC to policy committee to NE.

Yogendra Yadav downplays rift, offers to quit: Since the last two days, there have been news about me and Prashant Bhushan. Baseless allegations are being made, conspiracy is been found. This is a big win, we need to set aside the petty things and work with a big heart.

Bhushan joins in: These are internal party matters and will not speak on them in public forum. Wrote a letter to the National Executive to bring about structural changes in the party. It should not be seen as a revolt.

Party spokesperson Sanjay Singh ends all chances of compromise: The party won't be able to function smoothly when senior members of party target Arvind ji and make efforts to defame the party. Attempts are being made to remove Arvind Kejriwal.as AAP's National Convener.

Bhushan reacts in a TV interview: Yogendra Yadav or I never talked about removing him. I was unhappy on selection of candidates. My heart was not into campaigning for many of these candidates. I am willing to talk.

Yadav calls it a struggle: Within the organisation you have to ensure that we do not fall prey to personality cult. These are the things which we have to constantly struggle. It's not a special case that AAP has to struggle with.

Kerjiwal expresses anguish: I am deeply hurt and pained by what is going on in the party. This is betrayal of trust that Delhi posed in us. I refuse to be drawn in this ugly battle. Will concentrate only on Delhi's governance.

Aam Aadmi Party cracking the whip on senior leaders?-Times of India
Struck by internal differences, the AAP on Monday (March 2) appeared to be threatening to crack the whip against senior leaders like Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan at its national executive meeting on Wednesday, accusing them of attempting to "remove" Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal from the post of party convener. At a press conference in New Delhi, senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh also targeted party patron Shanti Bhushan for his comment in an interview that Kejriwal should be replaced by Yadav.

"Someone from within the party, certain senior leaders are trying to remove Arvind Kejriwal from the post of National Convener, by targeting him and maligning the party," Singh told reporters in New Delhi. Without naming Bhushan and Yadav, he referred to statements and letters by senior leaders which amounted to making the party a butt of ridicule and a "joke of us".

Expressing displeasure over the leaking of letters to the media, the Political Affairs Committee (PAC) member, said the issues could be discussed in the party forum rather than bringing them before the public through the media. He announced that the party's national executive would meet on Wednesday and decide on all issues including the latest controversy over differences in the party.

Singh parried questions when repeatedly asked whether the two senior leaders would be removed from the Political Affairs Committee (PAC). "I have only announced the date for the meeting. Have I announced the decisions that will be taken there," he said in reply to questions on whether action will be taken against the leaders. Singh said that when at its national executive meeting held last week, Kejriwal had tendered his resignation, it was opposed by members who had insisted that he should continue as the AAP national convener.

"It was decided at the meet last week that Kejriwal will continue as the party chief and there is no question of removing him from the post. If this is the case, then how will the party work? "Will the volunteers like it. Those wanting to remove Kejriwal as party chief should also take the emotions of party workers into consideration," Singh said. Crisis in the party intensified after Bhushan, in a letter to the national executive last week, said that the "one person -centric" campaign was making the party look like other parties and called for more "swaraj" within the organisation.

Along with Yadav, he also gave a joint letter to the national executive and demanded activation of an ethics and grievance committee. "One person-centric campaign, which was run during Delhi elections, is making our party look more and more like other conventional parties that are also one-person centric. The only difference being that we still claim that we are wedded to the principles of 'swaraj' while they don't," Bhushan had said in the letter.
Aam Aadmi Party crisis: Arvind Kejriwal reacts to Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan row, calls it ‘betrayal’-Financial Express
Ahead of Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) national executive meet, breaking his silence over the simmering crisis within the party, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today indicated that he was extremely upset, but would not be sidetracked from his stated primary objective of delivering on his development agenda for the public.
The AAP has been in the news over the last few days over its internal Lokpal report as well as reports that both Yogendra Yadav and eminent lawyer Prashant Bhushan had tried to unseat Arvind Kejriwal from the position of the chief of the Aam Aadmi Party.
“Deeply hurt and pained by what is going on in the party; this is a betrayal of trust that Delhi posed in us,” says AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal.
“I refuse to be drawn into this “ugly” battle. Will concentrate on Delhi’s governance,” Arvind Kejriwal added.

My views on developments which has taken place during last few days in AAP challenging the unity of the party and maligning the image of the party
Yogendra Yadav is undoubtedly a good person, a self less ,humble, talented and matured politician who has vast experience of reading pulse of voters. Some persons within or from outside AAP may be trying to create rift between Kejriwal and Yadav or with Mr.Prashant Bhusan. But it is the duty of the wise persons to understand the ground reality and try to save them from getting misdirected and misguided by a few disgruntled and by fake well wishers of the party. 

It will be blunder  on the party of AAP to remove Mr. Yadav or Mr. Bhusan from any post. Mr. Yadav contributed a lot in making political fight of newly borne party AAP a success story to reckon with and he  may prove to be a boon for AAM Admi Party in future also in converting the party from Delhi based party to National party and in providing a better substitute to the country removing Congress Party from National Horizon.
Prashant And Shanti Bhusan may be removed or given an low profile assignment. But Joint effort of Prashant Bhusan and Shanti Bhusan made during making of the party may not be ignored . It is a fact that it was they who provided many scam stories related to Congress Party which helped in ouster of Congress Party from power.. It was Mr. Bhusan who exposed many evil works of Congress Party and it was he who made Anna Movement Successful.
Role of  leaders in movement and in governance are not same .Role of Mr. Bhusan and Mr. Yadav may be important in movement . However now after forming the government , role in running a government  is limited to legal advice and hence they may be kept in core committee where Mr. Bhusan will help party in making analysis of various plans and policies from legal angle and save party from public criticism. In my view Mr. Bhusan too should be given respectable place in the party.
Keeping apart the issue of Mr. Yadav and Mr. Prashant , I have no hesitation in saying that it is one and only Mr. Kejriwal who is key figure behind success story of AAP and at all cost Mr. Kejriwal should hold the key post of the government and every well wishers of AAP should extend unconditional support to Mr. Arvind Kejriwal. His power should not be diluted even if need to remove Mr. Yadav and Mr. Prashant  under pressure of ran and file.

People of Delhi voted AAP to power only giving full marks to Mr. Arvind Kejriwal. Though due to lack of political maturity , Mr Kejriwal always advocates public view in framing of policies  and always claims that he takes the decision after consulting voters of the area, it is practically and theoretically impossible to consult voters every now and then on all issues related to policy or on constraints faced in execution of policies. It is the talent and managerial skill of Mr. Kejriwal will ultimately be the key of success of the government. It is Mr. Kejriwal only who has to provide leadership to other junior leaders and take all along with him .

Concentration of power is more fruitful and effective than so called democratic process to take the consent of all in all matters. Collective leadership or the term Consensus is possible only in a group where all are talented and well conversant with the subject dealt with in the meeting. Normally it does not so happen . History will tell that in majority of bills placed before Parliament, bill is passed to become act by voice vote by ruling party . Bill is neither discussed in party forum of ruling party and neither members of opposing parties think it necessary to discuss merit and demerit of the bill to make it more effective and fruitful. More often than not opposing parties oppose and ruling parties support the bill.

Many times same bill is opposed by the same party when they sit on opposition benches and supported when they are in treasury benches. As such the word collective leadership or consensus view a deceptive. There is as such no doubt that it is Mr. Kejriwal who has to give substance and direction to all policies and all processes of execution, of course in consultation with his close associates on whom he or she have full trust and to whom he considers knowledgeable .
As such all leaders have to give 100 percent value to prominence of Mr. Kejriwal  to save the party even it required sacrificing of a few others. And Mr. Kejriwal cannot and should not abscond from his duty to make effort to convince majority of members with his logic and experience. It is reliably learnt that Mr. Kejriwal has decided not to attend the party's meeting scheduled on 4th of March to resolve the ongoing crisis in the party.
I think it will be blinder on the part of Mr. Kejriwal and people will blame him if Yadav or Prashant is removed without any valid reason or some other colleagues indulge in mutual mud slinging process resulting in further widening of rifts and breaking of glass to irreparable extent.

Mr. Kejriwal  has to apply his wisdom to keep the party intact and stop any type of probable split of hearts. If he cannot keep his party united , he cannot be expected to keep people of India united and he cannot keep voters of all groups happy . It will be a great betrayal with voters of Delhi who has given AAP an unprecedented majority in state assembly and who has expressed  full faith and cent percent confidence in the leadership qualities of Mr. Arvind Keriwal .

Last but not the least ,unpleasant development in Aam Admi Party is a matter of Concern for Not only Mr. Kejriwal but also for all Delhites


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