There have been several rumours suggesting the lack of democracy in the party with many also accusing AAP convener and former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his trusted group of leaders of behaving in an anarchical manner.

Kejriwal, who was recently released from jail, held a meeting with volunteers of the party on Thursday. The Political Affairs Committee became the target of volunteers' ire for allegedly "imposing" decisions.

During the meeting with volunteers, Kejriwal confessed that after the party's victory in the Delhi assembly polls, most of the decisions were taken by PAC.

"There is a discontent because many people feel that the PAC takes all the decisions, but in other parties like BJP and Congress, Narendra Modi and Sonia Gandhi take all the decisions. But henceforth your opinion will be taken before arriving at any decision. We are also changing volunteers at the Hanuman Road office and those more polite will be moved in," Kejriwal said after receiving complaints about mistreatment to some volunteers at the party office.

He said volunteers would be involved in decision making process of the party. "Power will not be limited to the PAC anymore," he said.

A beleaguered AAP faced a twin blow last week after senior party leaders Shazia Ilmi and Captain GR Gopinath resigned from all the positions in the party.

Kejriwal also apologized to the volunteers for not being accessible.
    
"After the Delhi election, I was busy with government. Immediately after we resigned I went to Gujarat, campaigned in other parts of the country and Varanasi. After the election, I wanted to meet you, but was in jail,” said Kejriwal.
    
"But I am here with you after my release in less than 24 hours. This shows my love for you," he said, adding that he will be more accessible with the volunteers now and use methods like video conferencing and "try to solve problems".
    
The AAP convenor also announced that he will tour all the 70 assembly segments of Delhi and meet volunteers to understand their problems.

Recently, Kejriwal was put behind bars for refusing to furnish a bond in a defamation case filed by former BJP president Nitin Gadkari.
After a stunning poll debut in the Delhi Assembly election last year, AAP’s political stature in the country have dwindled down to a great extent with the party managing to win just four seats in the recently concluded Lok Sabha election.

All the four seats that AAP won came from Punjab where the party put up a strong performance. However, the party failed to win even a single seat from Delhi in the general elections.

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