Arvind Kejriwal is an autocrat, I doubt if he has read the Indian Constitution: Akhil Gogoi

Published: Sat, 03/28/2015 - 12:51 Updated: Tue, 04/07/2015 - 07:49

The leading RTI activist from Assam is not surprised by what is happening within the AAP  

 Sadiq Naqvi Guwahati

 “AAP is a rightwing outfit,” Akhil Gogoi, leading RTI activist and one of the founding members of India Against Corruption told Hardnews. “Our ideologies didn’t match and that is why I was pushed out,” he recalled. “Arvind Kejriwal doesn’t seem to have a sound understanding of the way State works. I have doubts even if he has read the Constitution,” Gogoi says. “In such a scenario how can you even expect that Prashant Bhushan will be shown the door democratically,” he asked. Gogoi spoke to Hardnews three days before the crucial National Council meeting of AAP, which finally decided to sack Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav from the National Executive. Both of them have claimed that they were removed un-democratically and that the whole meeting was orchestrated by the Kejriwal camp. Gogoi, though, did not have kind words for Yadav too, whom he considered "untrustworthy".  

Gogoi says even during the early days of IAC agitation, Arvind Kejriwal would take decisions unilaterally and force other members to follow them. “He would, however, ensure that it were others who conveyed those decisions to the public”, Gogoi recalled. Even during the latest crisis, it's Kejriwal’s close aides like Sanjay Singh, Ashutosh who are at the forefront of the battle with Yadav and Bhushan, conveying their side of the story to the media.  

Gogoi, who recently formed a political party in Assam, was vehemently opposed to India Against Corruption taking to electoral politics. “Kejriwal, who also had the support of Shanti Bhushan and Prashant Bhushan in the decision to take the electoral route, would talk of utopian ideas,” Gogoi recalled. “Kejriwal said we should contest and win the Himachal Pradesh elections, make it a model state and that will lead to our victory in the Lok Sabha elections,” Gogoi said. The decision was opposed by many including Anna Hazare, the face of 
the movement.

“Even Yogendra Yadav was not convinced with what Kejriwal had decided,” Gogoi explained. “Before AAP was formed, Yadav sent flight tickets to a few leaders of the social movements inviting them for a three day meeting in Delhi to discuss the possibility of alternative politics. In that meeting Yadav said that Kejriwal is dictatorial, has no ideology and hence is not a good choice to lead a political outfit. He then asked me to prepare a paper on alternative politics,” Gogoi says. “By the time the paper was prepared, I got the news that Yadav is talking to Kejriwal and may join the AAP. I never spoke to Yadav after that. He is not someone who could be trusted,” Gogoi says.        

Interestingly, Gogoi, who finds the Indian Constitution an inadequate document, has formed a political party. “I don’t think we will contest elections. Even if we do, it will be just a tactical decision. Our energies are still focused on the battles on the ground,” he claims.