In a letter to a section of AAP leaders, Marlena, a Rhodes scholar who was close to the rebel camp, suggested that both sides were nearing truce but the talks broke down at the final phase as the senior Bhushan said "no" to any reconciliation with Kejriwal.

"It is not correct to say that negotiations broke down because of my father Shanti Bhushan.

The talks failed as there was trust deficit," Bhushan said when asked about Marlena's letter.

Marlena, who was removed as AAP Spokesperson along with several others including Yogendra Yadav, said that Bhushan backed out because of his father's red flag and not on the grounds of any principle.

The reconciliatory talks between the rebels and Kejriwal camp had broken down on March 26, two days before the national council meeting which had expelled Bhushan and Yadav from the
party's National Executive.

Last week, Bhushan had written an open letter to Kejriwal accusing him of turning AAP a "high command-oriented" party and said "God and history will not forgive what you are doing to the party."

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