AAP in turmoil as Vishwas threatens to quit

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 May 2017 11:49:54


THE fissure in the AAP on Tuesday widened with senior party leader Kumar Vishwas threatening to quit over the attacks on him by a ‘coterie’ surrounding Arvind Kejriwal.
The party fielded Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia to contain the damage who retaliated against Vishwas saying people are aware that his comments would help a ‘particular party’.

The flurry of developments, a day after Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan resigned from the party’s Political Affairs Committee over a spat with Vishwas, plunged the poll-battered party into turmoil, almost reminiscent of the 2015 bitter public spat involving Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan. Amid murmurs that he wants to head the party, poet-turned-politician Vishwas said he harbours no ambitions to become Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister or AAP national convener.

Several MLAs too are in favour of a greater role for Vishwas in the AAP after the party’s poor show in the Punjab Assembly and MCD polls. They also expressed their displeasure over the ‘coterie’ surrounding Kejriwal, as claimed by Vishwas, but pledged their loyalty towards the Aam Aadmi Party chief.

“I have conveyed this to Arvind, Manish (Sisodia) and I reiterate it today that I don’t want to become Chief Minister,
Deputy Chief Minister or AAP’s national convener.
“I don’t want to join any political party or Swaraj India (political party founded by expelled AAP leader Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan).

I don’t know what you want to do, but I don’t want to do this,” Vishwas told reporters outside his Ghaziabad residence, as he turned emotional.
The AAP leader was particularly upset with Khan who had alleged on Sunday that Vishwas was plotting a coup against Kejriwal and that he was an ‘RSS-BJP agent’.

“Had Amanatullah Khan said anything like this against Arvind or Manish, he would have been shown the door in 10 minutes,” Vishwas said, adding that he, along with Kejriwal and Sisodia had dreamt of an anti-corruption movement, which later became a political party.

He said Khan was merely a ‘mask’ behind the ‘coterie’ hatching conspiracies against him.
“A lot of tarnishing of image will take place. Let me tell those hatching conspiracies that I will not let this happen. I will take a decision in a day,” Vishwas said.
Kejriwal had sought to quell rumours of a rift with Vishwas by referring to him as his ‘younger brother’. Earlier, Vishwas had differed with Kejriwal on the issue of electronic voting machines (EVMs).