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By Tarun Pratap

New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party’s fourth National Council meeting faced protest from the members of the party who were not invited to the meeting.

Rebels led by Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav protested the meeting and the suspension of the members. On the other hand, AAP sources clarified that the suspended members were informed regarding their suspension beforehand and protest was uncalled for.

Prashant Bhushan alleged Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, he said that AAP leaders have lost morals and the party is becoming Khap rather than AAP.

He also said it is a betrayal of Anna Hazare’s dreams when asked about Kejriwal’s hug with Lalu.

One of the founding members of the party Shanti Bhushan accused that about 40 members were suspended and 90 others were not invited to  the meeting.

The existing AAP national council will be extended for next three years.

The National Council Meeting was supposed to discuss, Punjab, Bihar Polls, growing intolerance but no doubt that the protest must have been the main talking point.

AAP has always boasted about its internal democracy and how other parties lack it. However, AAP itself seems to have lost it. Whoever that has showed any kind of opposition within the party, was shown the door.

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The most important aspect of the democracy is to respect the opposition and its criticism. AAP authorities have not taken it well. AAP is becoming a one-man show. Arvind Kejriwal makes the tallest of the claims and then does something which is just the contrary.

He has been receiving flak from all sides for his hug with Lalu. While it should not be considered more than a courteous gesture but Kejriwal defending himself by saying that ‘Lalu pulled me’, proves that he himself thinks that he is wrong.

These cases are so common in Indian politics that public does not even get surprised. This point has been raised time and time again that AAP is a political party just like all the other parties and the claims of alternate politics are far from the reality.

A section of the population and media have now realised what to expect from them.

The problem in the Aam Aadmi Party is that it has become all about Kejriwal and he has a habit of making things personal. He keeps picking unnecessary battles and visiting uncalled destinations.

In India, every time when somebody has risen talking about bringing change, they claimed that their struggle was with the system, and not against someone in particular. Even Kejriwal started like this but then he picked those personal battles and lost focus of the  bigger agenda. It’s no coincidence that his battles are always with the ones who are in power.

First, it was Sheela Dikshit and Gandhis, since 2014 it has been Modi. A simple question is, was the fight not against corruption or all other issues? In Kejriwal’s leadership, AAP has portrayed that they are honest but whoever is against them, lacks it. First it was Congress, then BJP, and then Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav were proved as entities that Kejriwal wanted them to be. It’s somewhat like the right wing section that believes that if somebody is not with them, he or she is anti-national.

Anyone who showed support to Bhushan and Yadav was suspended. Clear signs that there is no place for the opposition in AAP. This has to be one of the most subtle dictatorships in the history of politics. 

Earlier, Shanti Bhushan was invited for the National Council Meeting but after his comments, suspension orders might be on its way.

Kejriwal said that there has been a conspiracy in AAP for past three years. He seems to suggest that everyone is jealous of him and is not letting him work. He also repeated that he is aginst corruption and dynasty politics.

Kejriwal is running on thin wire thinking that audience will clap, but he needs to know that if he falls, people will laugh without having any sympathies.

(Inputs from agencies)

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Saw AAP MLAs Assaulting Chief Secretary, CM’s Advisor Tells Police

The AAP defended by stating that Jain had initially told police that he did not witness any assault and police has threatened Jain to change his statement

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The AAP had denied the charges of assault and said that the Chief Secretary was making allegations at the behest of the BJP. Wikimedia Commons

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s adviser V. K. Jain on Thursday told police that he saw AAP MLAs Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal “physically assaulting” Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, according to Jain’s statement recorded by the Delhi Police.

The AAP defended by stating that Jain had initially told police that he did not witness any assault and police has threatened Jain to change his statement.

On Tuesday, the Chief Secretary had alleged that he was beaten up by the two AAP MLAs in the presence of Kejriwal at the Chief Minister’s residence on Monday night, where he had been called for an emergency meeting.

ALSO READ: The assault on Chief Secretary exposes the double standards of AAP government

Police later arrested Khan and Jarwal and they were sent to judicial custody till Thursday.

According to the Chief Secretary, the Chief Minister’s adviser had called him over the phone and asked him to come to the Chief Minister’s residence for the meeting and Jain was also present there.

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According to the statement, Jain also saw that the Chief Secretary’s spectacles had fallen to the ground and the Chief Secretary picked them up and left the room. Wikimedia Commons

On Thursday, the Delhi Police submitted Jain’s statement at a city court, which said that Jain had gone to the washroom during the meeting and as he came out he saw the two AAP MLAs “physically assaulting” the Chief Secretary.

The statement was recorded under Section 161 of the CrPC, which means that it was recorded in front of the police and not a magistrate.

Sources told IANS that Jain later recorded his statement in front of a magistrate under section 164 of the CrPC.

“The statement under section 164 was later recorded with the magistrate in front a camera, without the presence of police. In that statement also he (Jain) has said that he saw the two MLAs physically assaulting the Chief Secretary,” a police officer privy to the case told IANS.

The officer said that the statement under section 164 has also been submitted to the court.

Jain was first questioned on Wednesday morning and then again on Thursday and his statement was recorded on Thursday.

The change in Jain’s statement that the AAP was referring to was from a “question and answer” with Jain recorded by police after questioning him on Wednesday.

According to a copy of Wednesday’s “question and answer” recorded by police, when asked whether Jain saw the Chief Secretary being manhandled, he replied that he had gone to the washroom in between the meeting and he could not say what happened during that time.

“By putting pressure on him (Jain) throughout the day (Thursday) and by threatening him, police has forced him to change his statement,” AAP MP Sanjay Singh told the media here on Thursday.

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Singh said that the whole issue was a conspiracy to “bring down the Delhi government” and to “defame the AAP”. Wikimedia Commons

 

“How is it that the same Jain who emphatically said yesterday that he witnessed no assault during the entire time that he was present there has now claimed otherwise?” he asked.

Singh said that AAP MLAs were being arrested over an alleged assault of which there was no proof.

“But on the other hand, despite there being video footage of officials assaulting Delhi Cabinet Minister Imran Hussain, there is no action taken against the guilty by the Delhi Police,” the AAP MP said.

The court on Thursday sent the two AAP MLAs, arrested on charges of assaulting the Chief Secretary, to judicial custody for 14 days.

ALSO READ: Delhi Chief Secretary row: AAP MLA arrested

Orders on the bail pleas of the two AAP MLAs and also on their police custody will be pronounced on Friday.

Meanwhile, scores of Delhi government employees across the city observed a five-minute silence outside their respective offices as a protest against the alleged assault on the Chief Secretary.

The IAS Association said that officers would continue the protest every day, till steps are taken to “ensure safety and dignity” of government staff in the city.

The AAP also hit out at Lt Governor Anil Baijal by stating that he was “working as a BJP agent” and demanded action against those involved in “manhandling and beating up” Hussain and his aide at the Delhi Secretariat on Tuesday. (IANS)