Over ten days after the Aam Aadmi Party MLA Vinod Kumar Binny turned rebel and took his grievances to the media, the party on Sunday expelled the Lakshmi Nagar MLA for “publicly making false statements” against it and its leadership.
Mr. Binny tryst with the AAP, which started when he became the first elected municipal representative to join the newly formed party, ended on a sour note on Sunday when his primary membership was also terminated by the disciplinary committee of the AAP.
For his part, the MLA has decided to go ahead with his proposed hunger strike against the AAP at Jantar Mantar here from Monday.
AAP sources told The Hindu that he was expelled because the party wanted to sent across a strong message that violation of discipline will not be tolerated. Many in the party believe that he was parroting the BJP’s script.
Earlier, Mr. Binny had gone public against the party for “going back on its promises” and accused Mr. Kejriwal of being a “dictator” and “politically ambitious”.
“The disciplinary committee has decided to expel Mr. Binny and terminate his primary membership for publicly making false statements against the party and its leadership, thereby bringing disrepute to the party. A letter to the same end has been issued to him,” said Dilip K. Pandey, secretary of the party’s Delhi unit.
Reacting to the development, Mr. Binny, a former Congress councillor from Dallapura in East Delhi, told The Hindu that he won’t be “scared” by the party leadership and continue to raise issues of public interest. Asked if he will go ahead with the proposed indefinite hunger strike, he said he would disclose his future plans at a press conference on Monday.
The development may not jeopardise the month-old Kejriwal government as Mr. Binny had earlier categorically stated that he would not rock the boat and continue to support the government from outside even if he was expelled from the party.
The first cracks appeared on December 24 last when Mr. Binny found his name missing from the Delhi Cabinet. He was angry at the leadership for preferring two non-entities, Satyendra Jain and Girish Soni, over his administrative experience. But later the party managed to assuage him.
Till the polling day of December 4 last, Mr. Binny, who has the credit of defeating A.K. Walia, a senior Minister the Sheila Dikshit government, by more than 8,000 votes in the Laxmi Nagar constituency, remained a darling of Mr. Kejriwal who during the election campaign praised him for implementing gram sabha in his municipal ward in East Delhi.