news Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 05:30
After being expelled from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) along with Yogendra Yadav and two others on Monday night, Prashant Bhushan has stirred up a new controversy. Bhushan has accused former journalist and AAP leader Ashish Khetan of “paid journalism” in support of the Essar Group during the 2G scam while he was working for Tehelka magazine in 2013. Times Now reports that Khetan has denied the allegations and vowed to quit public life if allegations are proven true. Khetan also questioned the Bhushan father-son duo’s source of income. He asked how the Bhushans had accumulated assets worth Rs 500-700 crore if they only filed PILs.  Shanti Bhushan, Prashant’s father and one of the founding members of the AAP has dared the party to sack him too as he was present at the “anti-party” meeting. While accusing Kejriwal of being a dictator, he told ANI that Kejriwal should dress like Hitler in keeping with his recent behaviour. Here is the image, we assume, Bhushan senior had in mind. Image Courtesy: Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena Earlier, besides Yadav and Bhushan, Ajit Jha and Anand Kumar were also removed from the party. The development came late on Monday night following separate replies of Bhushan and Yadav, to the show-cause notice for organising an anti-party meet in Gurgaon last week. The National Disciplinary Committee met on April 20, 2015 at 6 pm at 514, VP House to decide on the complaints against Yadav, Bhushan, Kumar and Jha. Earlier, Bhushan and Yadav described the party's show cause notice as a "pre-scripted drama where the outcome is already decided and well-known". Bhushan accused AAP's general secretary Pankaj Gupta of accepting Rs.2 crore donation from shell companies and Ashish Khetan of writing a planted story in a national magazine defending a telecom company, allegedly involved in 2G spectrum scam. He reiterated that the AAP's actions were reminiscent of Stalinist purges, where in the early years after the Soviet Revolution Stalin's acolytes were both the accusers and judges of the dissidents both in the party and the government. "I received your 'Show Cause Notice' around midnight on April 17. Frankly, I have been in a dilemma on whether to respond to this communication. On the one hand it appears part of a pre-scripted drama where the outcome is already decided and well-known," Yadav said in his lengthy reply, indicating that he would be ousted from the party. With Inputs from IANS