Disgruntled Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) workers on Sunday protested outside party national convenor Arvind Kejriwal’s residence here, shouting slogans against the selection of some AAP candidates for the Lok Sabha polls and accusing the party leadership of being inaccessible.
The protest, by a group of around 20 AAP workers, coincided with Kejriwal leaving for a rally in Mathura. The protesters alleged when they confronted Kejriwal, he told them that “they would not get tickets”.
“He said loudly in front of the media that the party would not give us tickets. But that is not why we are here for. He is trying to mislead people,” Ashwini Upadhyaya, one of the ‘founder members’ of the party, said.
“We came to meet Kejriwal. The main issue is how tickets are being ‘doled out’ in the party. Those who have just entered the party are being given tickets, and no explanations are being given by the party. Only four
or five leaders are privy to these decisions. The AAP talks of swaraj, but doesn’t implement it within the party,” he said.
When Kejriwal emerged from his residence to leave for his scheduled rally in Mathura around
11 am, he was greeted by loud slogans by the protesters.
Some of them even shouted, “Kejriwal is a liar.”
A protester said, “The party used to say that there would be a cooling-off period for every person. This meant that once they became a general member, they would have to work for four to six months before they could become active members. But people like Rajmohan Gandhi and Ashutosh have been parachuted in,” he said.
Earlier this week, Upadhyaya had called a press conference, in which he alleged that candidates for several parliamentary seats had been already decided and pointed to the lack of internal democracy within the party.
“All of the processes they have put in place for the elections, are for the purpose of increasing the party’s database... But this is cheating the people, for while the image is that anybody can apply for a seat, these decisions have already been taken,” he alleged.