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Maintaining discipline a challenge: Dinesh Waghela

The AAP national executive, which sacked Bhushan from the disciplinary committee, has set up a three-member panel headed by Waghela

Press Trust Of India  |  Ahmedabad 

Waghela, who has been associated with the party since its formation in 2012, said he was invited by social activist and to join India Against Corruption movement

Gujarat-based leader Dinesh Waghela, who was on Sunday appointed as head of the party's national disciplinary committee in the wake of commotions in the organisation, said maintaining inner-party discipline will be a challenge for him.

"I will shoulder the responsibility and try to fulfil it. But I know (about the challenges) when I will start working. This is an important work given to me and maintaining inner-party discipline will be a challenge," Waghela told PTI.

He was responding to a question on how challenging will be the assignment for him as head of the party's disciplinary committee in place of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's 'bete noire' Prashant Bhushan.

Asked if Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav will be ousted from the party, the 63-year-old leader said, "They are still members of the party, but I do not want to make any comments on this."


The national executive, which sacked Bhushan from the disciplinary committee, has set up a three-member panel headed by Waghela.

The others on the panel are loyalist Ashish Khetan and national secretary Pankaj Gupta.

Waghela, who has been associated with the party since its formation in 2012, said he was invited by social activist and to join India Against Corruption movement, which he accepted whole-heartedly and became one of the "crusaders" of 'Team Anna'.

He was also in-charge of Goa and Gujarat units of and unsuccessfully contested the last year's Lok Sabha poll from Ahmedabad (East) seat against BJP's Paresh Rawal.

Born in Palasva village of Surendranagar district, he left home when he was 11 to become a sage but returned to "materialistic world" on advice of a priest.

He made a living by working at a roadside tea-stall in Dhrangadhra taluka after his school hours and used the little earnings to graduate in Philosophy from Vallabh Vidyanagr University at Nadiad town of Kheda district. He is also said to have spent nine years in Himalayas in search of peace and remained in contact with spiritual leaders like Osho Rajnish, philosophers J Krishnamurthy and Vimala Thakkar.

First Published: Sun, March 29 2015. 20:58 IST
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