The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) went into damage control mode in the third National Council Meeting in Delhi, the day when Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav were to be ousted from the party. Party founder-leader Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi, in his 45-minute emotional speech tried to lift the spirit of his party members after what seemed to be a week full of hustle-bustle in the party history. The two-year-old political party uploaded the speech on video sharing site YouTube on March 29 after the rebel duo of Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan alleged that Arvind Kejriwal had hired ‘goons’ to kick them out of the National Executive of AAP. (Also read: Aam Aadmi Party and Arvind Kejriwal – from the people’s party to a dictatorship)
Arvind Kejriwal said in his speech, “When every Delhiite stood behind us through thick and thin, a few friends of ours back-stabbed us. I say this with heavy heart, but conspiracies were hatched to ensure Aam Aadmi Party’s defeat in Delhi Assembly Elections.”
Talking about his party’s historic victory in the Delhi Assembly Elections 2015, Arvind Kejriwal said that both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Indian National Congress (INC) had written off AAP after the Lok Sabha Elections 2014 debacle.
Comparing his government’s work to the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre, Arvind Kejriwal said, “It has been 10 months of the BJP government in the Centre, and only a month of our government in Delhi. But I would like to add that our government has worked as many as four times more than the Central government.” (Also read: #WarInAAP: Arvind Kejriwal led #AAPWar in shambles in Delhi amid deluge of #AAPKaSting operations)
The Delhi government has fulfilled many pre-poll promises unlike the Modi government, Arvind Kejriwal said. “We promised that the electricity rates will be halved; the promise is fulfilled. We also promised that every family will get 20,000 litres; this promise was fulfilled too.” (Also read: Arvind Kejriwal leads #AAPWar: Top 10 tweets as ‘War In AAP’ and ‘AAP Ka Sting’ trends on Twitter!)
Arvind Kejriwal said that he was broken and in tears after the Lok Sabha Elections 2014 defeat. “I had decided to quit politics after the debacle,” he said. Talking to the National Council members, Kejriwal added, “I can fight against Narendra Modi, Mukesh Ambani, Nitin Gadkari, Salman Khurshid but I didn’t come here for this (Yogendra Yadav & Prashant Bhushan) internal fight.”
Arvind Kejriwal levelled many allegations against the rebel duo, and also charged that the AVAM group’s funding was done by BJP. In the end, he offered to resign in the presence of his party members. Watch Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s speech in the third National Council meeting of AAP in Delhi!