How asymmetrical the whole exercise on addressing the internal differences in the Aam Aadmi Party has been becomes clear from a look on Aam Aadmi Party’s website, its Twitter Page and its Facebook feeds.
Arvind Kejriwal is having a pervasive presence all around there. These screen-shots of AAP website, Facebook and Twitter pages are self evident.
Yes, there may be the counterpoint that he is the most popular face and has just led the party to a historic win in the Delhi assembly polls, and therefore it is only natural to put him as the mascot of the party on maximum possible platforms. Arguments like ‘people love him and so he is there’ would fly high on hostile questions. And they would be accompanying the central plank that ‘communication platforms on internet are not the places to write about difference in the party. They are tools to engage people on party’s vision and policies and to express party’s views on different developments’.
Yet, there are elements clearly visible that belie all such counterpoints.
Apart from the routine stuff, like talking about the party and its spread, its electoral scales, its views on social and political developments and its Delhi panorama, the website also gives space to the AAP voices critic of those criticising Arvind Kejriwal. The AAP website prominently mentions Sanjay Singh’s criticism of a ”group within the party’ to destabilize it while the ‘critic voices’ like Yogendra Yadav or Prashant Bhushan don’t find any space.
Whatever that happened in the hours long meeting of the AAP today was already scripted and had to come with this outcome only.
Yes, its scale was not known, like how many would oppose the ouster of Yadav and Bhushan. But now as the things are out in open, we find that six of the 19 who votes in meeting today supported Yadav and Bhushan. And it is not a healthy sign for Arvind Kejriwal.
And given the lopsided nature of this exercise, if we come across extensions of it, it would be on the expected lines.
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/