05/09/2016 9:52 PM IST | Updated 05/09/2016 10:01 PM IST

AAP Leaders To Sue Party MLA For Defamatory Remarks

The enemy within.

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AAP MLA Col. Devinder Sehrawat during the Delhi Assembly Winter Session at Delhi Vidhan Sabha on December 1, 2015 in New Delhi, India.

NEW DELHI -- The AAP today rubbished the allegations of "exploitation of women" by a few party men in return for tickets levelled by its own MLA Devinder Sehrawat and said the leaders against whom the lawmaker has made the accusations will sue him over his remarks.

Launching a scathing attack on Sehrawat, party's Punjab in-charge Sanjay Singh alleged that the BJP and Akali Dal are behind the conspiracy as they are "scared" since the AAP is "winning" over 100 seats in the state polls scheduled next year.

Terming Sehrawat as a "discontent element" within the party, Singh said his closeness with rebel AAP leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav is well known.

"The allegations levelled by Sehrawat are baseless. They are also an insult to people and women of Punjab. I challenge him to prove his charges and I will quit public and political life. I will file a defamation suit against Sehrawat and he has to prove his charges before the court," Singh said at a press conference.

The party also hinted of a possible action against the Bijwasan MLA after the return of AAP's national convenor Arvind Kejriwal from Vatican City where he has gone to attend the cannonisation of Mother Teresa.

Terming Sehrawat as a "discontent element" within the party, Sanjay Singh said his closeness with rebel AAP leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav is well known.

In his letter to Kejriwal yesterday, Sehrawat had also hit out at AAP's Delhi unit convener Dilip Pandey, questioning his conduct, and said there were "disturbing" reports from Punjab as he attacked Singh, and Durgesh Pathak, party's co-incharge of the state.

A defiant Sehrawat said that he has written the letters with "full responsibility" and will "follow it up" till finality.

Sehrawat had also written a letter to social activist Anna Hazare saying he was upset with the "corruption" and "immorality" in the party, which has strayed away from its "principles".

Pandey, who also addressed the press conference, hit back at Sehrawat, saying the party leaders will sue him in individual capacity.

"So, those who speak truth in the AAP will now be termed as a solider of Swaraj Abhiyan and our companions? Then that's good," Yadav tweeted reacting to Singh's charges of Sehrwat's closeness to him and Bhushan, co-founder of Swaraj Abhiyan.

Sehrawat had protested against the way Bhushan and Yadav were expelled from the National Executive, the second largest decision making body of the AAP.

Singh said while the party had fielded Sehrawat thrice, twice in Assembly and once in Lok Sabha elections, what has the Bijwasan MLA done for the party.

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