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On the AAP

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) emerged as a moral force and put its signature of legitimacy in the public mind by winning the confidence of different classes and communities. However, the recent removal of Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav from the political affairs committee (PAC) by majority voting does not speak well about the future mode of functioning of AAP. The way Arvind Kejriwal abstained from the meeting and insisted on the removal of Bhushan and Yadav without initiating any dialogue with them, testifies to the emergence and domination of a “personality cult” within the party. It will be suicidal for the party in terms of its organisation and moral standing if it goes on crushing voices of dissent. The attempt made by Kejriwal to monopolise power reminds me of Indira Gandhi, who gave a burial to the Congress organisation (and moral standing?) to nurture her own cult and destroyed the “Congress System,” which dominated Indian politics till the late 1960s.

Arup Kumar Sen
KOLKATA

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