AAP suspends CR Neelakandan for declaring support to UDF
New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) state convenor C. R. Neelakandan has been suspended from the party for declaring his support to UDF in Kerala. the decision was taken by the central leadership of AAP for declaring the support without seeking permission of the leadership.
AAP central leadership officially informed that C. R. Neelakandan has been suspended from the primary membership of the party and removed from the responsibilities in the party.
AAP leader Somnath Bharti said Neelakandan held a press conference in Kerala and said the AAP supports the candidates of the Congress in the state.
"That press conference was unauthorised and was conducted without knowledge or consultation of the Aam Aadmi Party. The AAP's political affairs committee has condemned his move and decided to suspend Neelakandan from the primary membership of the party," Bharti said.
"The party's PAC has decided to give unconditional support to the Left Democratic Front candidates in the state," Bharti said. Nilotpal Basu, CPI(M) leader, thanked the AAP for its support
"Our main aim is to remove the NDA and stop the communal tensions and polarisation done by them and in this direction we are campaigning in different states and we thank the AAP for supporting us," Basu told reporters, at a joint press conference with Bharti.
In connection with the incident, C. R. Neelakandan later responded that he accepts the action taken by the party. The central leadership had earlier directed to support neither LDF nor UDF, but the candidate who is capable to defeat the NDA. In Kerala, the situation in each constituency is different, he said.
The NDA cannot be defeated in Kerala by supporting any particular political front. According to this, the opinion of the party workers in each constituency was sought and asked them to take an appropriate stand. That was the only thing I could do. If they had told us to give support to any political front, no such issues would have occurred, C. R. Neelakandan said.
'They did not disclose their stand to us and announced it in the final phase of the election. Since it was necessary to clear the stand in the election, I declared the stand of the state unit on April 18. I announced not my decision, but the decision taken by the district committees. It was the central leadership who appointed me as convenor. So, I have no problem with replacing me with someone else,' he added.
(With inputs from PTI)