AAP Fissures Come Out in Open - The New Indian Express

AAP Fissures Come Out in Open

Published: 17th January 2014 11:57 AM

Last Updated: 17th January 2014 11:57 AM

As fissures within the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) come out in the open with MLA Vinod Kumar Binny taking on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the Odisha unit of the party seems to be playing on similar lines.

A full-blown war has erupted between the State convener Nishikanta Mohapatra and treasurer Snigdharani Biswal following the latter’s announcement of the party’s intent to prop and support Independent candidates in the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) polls, scheduled for February 6.

Mohapatra on Thursday questioned the authority of Biswal and her group to take such a decision, stating that she was no longer an office bearer of the State AAP team.

“She has been removed from the post of the treasurer for incompetence. Further, for taking such an important decision, the consent of the National Political Affairs Committee and the State team has to be obtained. Did she take permission and from whom?” Mohapatra asked.

Mohapatra said AAP has made it clear that the sole focus was on contesting the Lok Sabha polls and not any other elections. He lashed out at Snigdha, accusing her of hatching a conspiracy to malign the party in revenge for her outser from the treasurer’s post. The matter has been taken up with the National Council for appropriate action.

Snigdharani, however, asserted that she was still the Treasurer and the State Committee had no power to remove her.

 “Till today even, all communication of the National AAP mentions me as the treasurer. All these badmouthing and baseless allegations are due to my raising voice against the functioning of the party in Odisha. The State convener and other office bearers have deviated from the ideology of AAP,” she countered.

She also reiterated that AAP plans for CMC polls were finalised after due consultation with the national leaders.

 Her group had on Wednesday announced plans to put up clean and honest candidates with good image as Independents as the party could not use the official symbol.

The decision was taken bowing to huge public pressure. “While the membership drive has evoked tremendous response, people in large number have insisted on contesting the polls to cleanse the corruption-ridden civic body,” she said.

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