For argument's sake, let's consider that Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav are evil and plotted against the party. Even in that situation, the heavy-handed means used by AAP leaders to kick them out was outrageous, unethical and completely against the spirit of AAP's founding principles. The events in the NC meeting are truly shocking and brought AAP to the level of RJD and SP.
Now, just look at both camps. On one side, we have PIL warrior Prashant Bhushan, political scientist Yogendra Yadav, Dr. Dharamvir Gandhi, Admiral Ramdas, Prof. Anand Kumar, activist Medha Patkar...not only do they all have 30+ yrs of distinguished social work track record, but also they are widely-respected people and were known even before joining AAP. Now look at the other side, we have Sanjay Singh (Mulayam Singh's former aide), Ashutosh (a former TV anchor), Ashish Khetan (many of us volunteers feel his only achievement is a sting operation), Dilip Pandey, Pankaj Gupta (no one knows their record). These people look like opportunistic toddlers who have done nothing notable in their lives when compared to the leaders in the other camp. This is precisely the reason why thousands of volunteers are still revolting. And this is why the meeting called by Bhushan and Yadav on April 14, billed "Swaraj Samwad", is getting significant traction.
Kejriwal and Bhushan did enjoy a very close relationship. Close relationships often involve or lead to more arguments, disagreements and conflicts which can be deeply hurtful. And it is very easy for this sort of close relationship to turn sour and for the people involved to grow apart. It looks like the entire crisis is rooted from this personal conflict.
AK, PB & YY, together was an unbeatable complementary team. But only a great captain can steer such a formidable ship. Kejriwal clearly won this personal battle, but lost a great war. He failed to rise to the occasion and lost an opportunity to be a great leader.
Kejriwal still has the time to reconcile and undo the damage he did to the party and send the right message. If he shelves his ego and arrogance, if he shuns mediators and shows the magnanimity to directly reach out, if he cares to listen...there is still a fighting chance, and it is all worth it.