AAP in-fighting: Bhushan, Yadav deny party claims that they have quit national executive

New Delhi: Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said on Thursday evening that senior leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav had quit its national executive but the two immediately denied this.

Prashant Bhushan
Prashant Bhushan

Making the announcement, party spokesman Ashish Khetan said both appeared to be dead set against the leadership of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the AAP's best known face.

"They say one thing in private and another in public," he told the media, adding he had been involved in days of close-door discussions with both men.

Bhushan, a founder member of the AAP and a Supreme Court advocate, and Yadav, a political pundit, quickly denied this. Yadav asked Kejriwal loyalists to produce his resignation letter.

Yogendra Yadav
Yogendra Yadav

"What is being passed off as 'resignation letter' is a note for internal negotiations," Yadav said in a tweet.

He said it was "ridiculous" to say he and Bhushan demanded Kejriwal's removal as the national convenor.

"This wasn't mentioned in our note, never came up for discussion. Can they give any proof?" he asked.

Yadav added: "I hear funny news about the PAC (Political Affairs Committee) accepting our resignation. Will my colleagues please produce a copy of the resignation letter?"

The AAP has been embroiled in an internal tussle after taking power in Delhi last month, with the pro-Kejriwal camp accusing Bhushan and Yadav of trying to oust the chief minister. Both have denied the charge.

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