“Aam Aadmi Party since inception has been making news for all the wrong reasons. While on one hand the party is claiming to sweep Punjab polls with securing at least 100 seats, on the other side, internal feud & tussle with state unit and party high command refuse to die down.”
The party insiders feel that the basic tenets on which the party was formed and got overwhelming support from people gradually faded away. The key differentiators like the concepts of ‘swaraj’, honesty, transparency etc., as formulated in the party’s charter were gradually lost in the maze of power and now there is no space left for internal democratic flow.
Right after the general election in 2014, controversies have emerged in the state unit. Differences arose between the AAP central leadership & state unit and two of AAP’s MPs, Dr. Dharamvir Gandhi from Patiala and Harinder Singh Khalsa from Fatehgarh Sahib accused central leadership of enforcing excessive control over state affairs. The autocratic style functioning of the party can be gauged by the fact that the party MPs are not even allowed to appoint their staff members.
Conflicting views over selection of candidates
Internal rift within the party never refuses to die down and there is no dearth of conflicting issues. Off late selection of party candidates has become the latest issue to cause internal rift within the party.
It is pertinent to mention here that AAP has tweaked the process of selection of candidates for the forthcoming Assembly elections and the volunteers have no say in the selection process. Party insiders feel that this move is against their basic tenets of democracy and transparency within the party.
In a crucial move, Patiala MP Dharamvira Gandhi demanded of the central leadership that selection committees be formed at constituency; district and state levels and process of selection should be carried from bottom to up with the participation of volunteers at each level.