The Aam Aadmi Party declared here on Saturday that its top leadership had sorted out its differences at a meeting of its national executive committee, which also rejected the resignations of Yogendra Yadav, Shazia Ilmi and Navin Jaihind from the panel.
Party convenor Arvind Kejriwal attempted to reach out to the dissidents by offering to restructure the party and expand the political affairs committee, the top decision-making body. He came to the meeting after holding a one-on-one meeting at his residence with Mr. Yadav, facilitated by party leader and lawyer Prashant Bhushan, where most differences were sorted out.
By the end of day, Mr. Yadav and Mr. Jaihind withdrew their resignations. “My letter to the national executive and the political affairs committee was for strengthening internal democracy and initiating structural changes in the party. It had nothing to do with Mr. Jaihind. I do not know why he felt so,” Mr. Yadav told journalists after the day-long meeting.
The meeting, attended by almost all senior party leaders, came in the background of growing voices of dissent against Mr. Kejriwal, including his style of functioning. Before she quit, Ms. Ilmi had said Mr. Kejriwal was surrounded by a coterie and that the party lacked inner democracy.
Keywords: AAP crisis