AAP crisis after MCD elections deepens as Kumar Vishwas hints he may quit2 min read . Updated: 03 May 2017, 11:02 AM IST
Lashing out at AAP top leadership, Kumar Vishwas says he would decide his future course of action in a day
New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) appeared to be in the midst of a fresh crisis on Tuesday after senior leader Kumar Vishwas lashed out at the top leadership, saying he had not joined the party for conspiracies.
Vishwas’s statement came a day after Amanatullah Khan, an AAP legislator from Okhla, resigned from the party’s political affairs committee (PAC) after accusing Vishwas of “plotting a coup".
“I have said this multiple times to Arvind (Kejriwal) and Manish (Sisodia) and say it once again that in my life I don’t want to be the chief minister, deputy chief minister, party chief or join any other political party. I did not come here for this," Vishwas said, while addressing press reporters in Delhi.
Vishwas, who is a founding member of AAP, said he would decide his future course of action in a day. “I will take a decision in a day and will continue to speak up. Khan is only a mask speaking for someone else."
The PAC, the party’s highest decision making body, criticised both Khan and Vishwas for speaking to the media.
Senior party leader and deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said, “We have had three hour-long conversations with Vishwas. He did not attend the PAC but chose to go to the media to give his statement. Such statements affect the morale of the volunteers who have gone to jail for the party. Appeal to him to come to the proper party forum."
After the meeting, Sisodia on Monday warned party leaders not to air their grievances in public.
“It is being said that there is a lot of resentment against me for publishing a video and that I also made statements. To bring forth the voice of the people if any party, group or government are angry with me, (it) will not make me stop and I will continue talking," Vishwas said.
Last month, Vishwas released a video on a range of issues including attacks on soldiers and the AAP-led Delhi government. After the civic polls he asked the party to introspect rather than blame electronic voting machines.
AAP has been through a series of defeats in the states of Delhi, Punjab and Goa.
Vishwas alleged that the incident involving him was similar to what happened in the party after its win in Delhi. “I know which way this incident is going. Just like last time, they will start spreading rumours, tarnish my image and other such things," Vishwas said.
After the formation of the AAP-led Delhi government in 2015, the party expelled senior founding members including Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan.
Delhi chief minister and AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal had on Sunday tried to quash rumours of a split and defended Vishwas.
Analyst say such controversies have a negative affect on the party. “Kumar Vishwas’ reaction is quite natural and won’t be surprising if he quits the party. His reaction is against the authoritarian style of leadership in the party. There is a very active coterie in the party. Such controversies will affect the image of the party which was born out of a movement," said Bidyut Chakrabarty, a political science professor at Delhi University.