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Kejriwal tries to quell infighting

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New Delhi, Jun 7 (PTI) Grappling with bitter infighting, Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal today attempted to reach out to the dissidents by offering to restructure the party and claimed that all the “differences” among the leaders have been resolved.

As party’s National Executive met for the second successive day, Kejriwal put up a brave front claiming that things are going smooth and there will be an organisational restructuring soon including possible expansion of AAP’s Political Affairs Committee, the highest making body.

The meeting, attended by almost all senior AAP leaders, came in the backdrop of growing voices of dissent against Kejriwal including his style of functioning by senior party leader Yogendra Yadav.


“Resignations will be discussed tomorrow. All things are going smooth and differences are resolved. We are discussing organisational structure. Expansion of PAC could be possible,” Kejriwal said.

He also said that efforts will be made to bring back Shazia Ilmi who had quit the party last month while slamming Kejriwal.

The National Executive meeting, attended by party leaders from across the country, has been called to review AAP’s dismal performance in the Lok Sabha polls and to chalk out the future course of action, including preparations for the next Delhi assembly polls.

Rift in the party’s top leadership emerged after exchange of letters between Yadav and Manish Sisodia. A number of other leaders are also apparently unhappy over Kejriwal’s functioning which some of them termed as “autocratic”.

“Yog(endra) Yadav has raised some imp (sic) issues. All of us will work on it. Yog yadav is a v dear friend and a valued colleague. Had long discussion with him…,” Kejriwal tweeted earlier in the day.

In an another tweet, he said, “We will also try to get Shazia back.”

Ilmi and Yadav, known to be a key strategist, have been sharply critical of Kejriwal after the party’s Lok Sabha debacle.

Yadav, who quit from Political Affairs Committee, had charged the party with “falling prey to personality cult” while Ilmi had alleged that Kejriwal was surrounded by a coterie and that the party lacked internal democracy.