The dispute between AAP’s disgruntled legislator Vinod Kumar Binny and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal reached the doors of Anna Hazare in Ralegan Siddhi on Sunday, with the Laxmi Nagar MLA appraising Hazare “of the situation in Delhi”.
Meanwhile in Delhi, the party formed a five-member committee to look into Binny’s “indiscipline.” “We have constituted a five-member committee, headed by National Executive member Pankaj Gupta, to look into the charges against Vinod Kumar Binny,” Sanjay Singh, member of AAP’s political affairs committee (PAC), said.
Binny had held a press conference on January 16, calling Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal a dictator, and claiming that the party had veered away from its original promises. In response, the AAP issued Binny a showcause notice for breach of Section 6(a) (relating to conduct) of the party’s constitution.
On Sunday morning, Binny travelled to Ralegan Siddhi and held a closed-door meeting with Hazare, which lasted nearly half an hour. After the meeting he told reporters, “I spoke to Annaji about recent developments in Delhi. I told him that the Delhi government was straying from the promises it had made before the elections. I also told him about the misleading decisions the government had taken regarding power and water issues. They have also failed to keep their promise regarding the Lokayukta Act.”
Binny went on to allege that the AAP government was ignoring genuine issues raised by the people. “People know that I am not crazy for power. In mein attitude aa gaya hai (AAP has become arrogant). That is the precise reason nobody from the party went to meet Anna after the Delhi government was formed,” Binny said.
Responding to queries regarding the visit, Hazare said he had promised Binny that he would look into the issue. “He told me about the grievance he has with the party leadership. I will speak to the AAP leaders and see what can be done,” Hazare said.
With the Lok Sabha elections just months away, the AAP government in Delhi has also formed a seven-member committee to look into the party’s economic policy. The committee includes environmental economist Aseem Srivastava, AAP leaders Atishi Marlena and Dilip Pandey, analyst Laveesh Bhandari, former RBS CEO Meera Sanyal, member of the AAP PAC Prithvi Reddy and former corporate executive Sanjiv Aga.
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