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AAP mulls changing term-limit clause in its constitution

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It would allow all office-bearers, including Kejriwal, to continue holding party posts indefinitely

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) would consider amending its constitution that allows a maximum of two consecutive terms of three years each for any office-bearer, including national convener Arvind Kejriwal, whose second term will end on April 26, 2019, party sources said.

Mr. Kejriwal was elected, along with other office-bearers, during the party’s fifth national council meeting on April 27, 2016.

After becoming Delhi Chief Minister in February 2015, Mr. Kejriwal had offered to quit as national convener of the party during a meeting of the national executive in March 2015, according to several party sources.

However, the senior leaders of the party had opposed the offer and Mr. Kejriwal continued as national convener.

Kejriwal’s extension

An AAP leader and member of its national executive, which is scheduled to meet on Friday, said the issue of amending the clause that allows two terms only was not on the agenda for the meeting of the national council on Saturday.

However, the leader added that the party would consider the issue closer to the end of Mr. Kejriwal’s tenure. With Lok Sabha elections expected in April and May, the party could seek an extension for Mr. Kejriwal from the Election Commission till after the polls, another party source said.

Meanwhile, sources said the topic of a possible amendment in the party’s constitution was broached earlier this week during a visit of the AAP’s Punjab unit members, who were in Delhi for the induction of retired Punjab and Haryana High Court judge Justice Zora Singh into the party.

If enacted, the removal of the term-limit clause, which is similar to those made by the Congress and the BJP in the past, would allow all office-bearers including Mr. Kejriwal to continue holding party posts indefinitely.

BJP accuses AAP

Reacting to the news, the BJP accused the AAP of having “double standards”.

“Mr. Kejriwal claimed he needed to change the politics of Delhi, but is changing the constitution of the AAP like the Congress to continue his total control over the party,” Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari said at a press conference here.

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