NEW DELHI, Jan 17 � The Akhil Gogoi-led Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) has walked out of the National Alliance of Peoples� Movement (NAPM) over the issue of joining Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal�s Aam Admi Party (AAP). The KMSS is staging a demonstration on Saturday in front of Delhi Assembly in protest against delay in moving Jan Lokpal Bill.
Akhil Gogoi announced his decision on Friday after serious differences emerged within NAPM, a body of NGOs over joining AAP. A marathon meeting of the NAPM which was joined by 19 NGOs including KMSS ended on a bitter note after NAPM decided that its leaders were free to decide on joining AAP.
Briefing newsmen, Gogoi said that the NAPM meeting was convened to primarily discuss whether mass movement organisations would benefit by joining the AAP. Medha Patkar, national convenor, Rajan Ravi, Ashis Ranjan, Arundhati among others attended the meeting.
Akhil Gogoi, however, gave conflicting response when asked whether KMSS would support AAP candidate in Assam in the Lok Sabha poll. First, he said that they would offer moral support to AAP candidates. In the elections, we can support AAP, he said, when pressed further.
However, strongly criticizing AAP, Gogoi said that the new party, which formed government in Delhi, may have mass support but it has no leaders and bereft of ideology. Aligning with such a party may deal a serious blow to organisations, which are running mass movements.
The KMSS leader said they have submitted a dissent note at the meeting yesterday. He predicted that AAP might suffer the same fate as AGP in Assam.