Fissures in Odisha Branch of AAP Comes Out to the Fore - The New Indian Express

Fissures in Odisha Branch of AAP Comes Out to the Fore

Published: 17th January 2014 11:58 AM

Last Updated: 17th January 2014 12:00 PM

As fissures within the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) came 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 state convener Nishikanta Mohapatra and treasurer Snigdharani Biswal, following the latter’s announcement of the party’s intent to 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 AAP team in Odisha. “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 the AAP has made it clear that the sole focus was on contesting the LS polls. He lashed out at Snigdharani, accusing her of hatching a conspiracy to malign the party in revenge for her ouster from the treasurer’s post.

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