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Troubled AAP announces major rejig across ranks.

Says will take party from booth to national level

JOLTED by a series of resignation and internal rifts, m dmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal accepted on Sunday that he has made mistakes and announced a thorough restructure from "booth to national level" of the party.

Announcing the start of ' Mission Vistar', Kejriwal said the party's national executive will be expanded from 23 to 33 members. The party has formed a six- member committee, headed by convenor of party's Karnataka unit Prithvi Reddy, to suggest restructuring of the party.

"It is time to restructure the party. The entire structure will be reconstituted from booth to national level. The selected people will go from village to village to bring more people into the party for representing various sections of the society. We are calling it ' Mission Vistar'. The national executive and political affairs committee will be re- constituted," Kejriwal said after a three- day meeting of the national executive.

Proposal

The national executive passed a proposal to give all powers of decision making on Delhi politics to Kejriwal. The meeting was held in the backdrop of rift between senior leaders Manish Sisodia and Yogendra Yadav.

Commenting on the infighting, Kejriwal said having differences in a democratic party was quite normal and hoped that the P will grow stronger. "He ( Yadav) is my elder brother. He has the right to scold me. I take his suggestions seriously. I am a human and when I make mistakes, elder brothers like Yogendra Yadav point it out to me. He can scold me and slap me if I get offtrack," Kejriwal said.

Yadav had quit from P's political affairs committee. He had sent an e- mail accusing Kejriwal of falling prey to personality cult. "There is no one who doubts that Arvind bhai is the undisputed leader within the party. He has richly earned this stature and we would not be where we are without his leadership.

But there is a difference between a leader and a supremo," Yadav had written.

Future prospects

Another senior leader Shazia Ilmi had also resigned, saying a coterie surrounding Kejriwal was running the party. On Saturday, Kejriwal had said efforts will be made to bring back Ilmi.

During the meeting, the party's prospects in Maharashtra and Haryana, where polls are slated later this year, were also discussed.

Kejriwal said the party will decide about contesting the assembly elections in these two states.

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