AAP national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has finally spoken out on the brewing crisis within the party saying he will not get into the "ugly battle", even as senior leader Prashant Bhushan claimed that the former told him earlier that there is need to make compromises in politics.
Kejriwal took to Twitter on Tuesday to express his disappointment over the ongoing rebellion in the party and tweeted, "I am deeply hurt and pained by what is going on in the party. This is betrayal of trust that Delhi posed in us".
I refuse to be drawn in this ugly battle.Will concentrate only on Delhi's governance.
जनता के भरोसे को किसी भी हालत में टूटने नहीं दूंगा(2/2)
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) March 3, 2015
Kejriwal's comment on the worsening situation within the party came as Bhushan criticised him in public on Tuesday during an interview with NDTV where he said the party was built on certain principles but that is being compromsied somewhere.
"The real issue is that there has been some evidence that the party has slipped from principles of transparency... There is certainly a great danger of that happening in the party (on a high-command culture, where only one person calls the shots)," Hindustan Times quoted Bhushan as saying.
"I feel we have to be absolutely firm on our ethical principles but Arvind differs at times and says we need to make certain compromises in politics," Bhushan added.
He further said that though Kejriwal has remarkable qualities, he has certain weaknesses. "I told Arvind you have remarkable qualities, unique leader. You must recognize you have some weaknesses. He said yes I do," Bhushan said.
Pointing out his weak spots, Bhushan said: "I have told him this myself. Arvind, I believe you have two serious weaknesses. One, (your wish that) your decision should be carried out. Though your political judgement is mostly right, it is much safer to have credible people who can differ with you."
"The second thing is I feel is we have to be absolutely firm on our principles. Arvind told me 'in politics, you have to make some compromises'," Bhushan added.