New Delhi, April 29: At least 34 MLAs of Aam Aadmi Party want to replace Arvind Kejriwal with Kumar Vishwas as the Delhi Chief Minister, claims Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Tajinder Pal Bagga. His statement came a day after Vishwas openly launched a tirade against Kejriwal, claiming that AAP is turning corrupt akin to the Congress.
Bagga, earlier in the week, had claimed that 34 AAP MLAs wanted Kejriwal to consider the MCD election results as a referendum, and submit his resignation if the party fails to win the civic polls.
The claims of Bagga were dismissed by AAP leader Raghav Chadha, who reiterated that the party is united and strongly supporting Kejriwal.
Here is what Bagga tweeted today:
Heard 34 AAP MLAs want to see Dr Kumar Vishwas as Delhi CM. Interesting
— Tajinder Pal S Bagga (@TajinderBagga) April 29, 2017
In his first public statement after the MCD poll result, Vishwas on Friday lashed out at AAP leadership, accusing it of creating distrust among the people. In an apparent attack against Kejriwal, Vishwas said, “Somewhere, people were hurt when we began questioning the surgical strikes.”
“It is also wrong to blame the EVMs for the string of defeats. We have lost six consecutive elections in a row. The spree of losses raise fingers over the leadership of the party. It is clear that people are not supporting us wholeheartedly. It is time for all of us to introspect,” Vishwas was quoted as saying by Zee News.
Following the statements made by Vishwas, speculations grew whether he would join the BJP. However, the poet-turned-politician attempted to clear the air saying, “I’m not leaving the party. The rumours are untrue. I have only raised the call for introspection.”
In the MCD elections recently conducted, BJP won a sweeping two-third majority, bagging 181 out of the 270 seats. AAP emerged a poor second, winning 48 wards, whereas, the Congress was reduced to 30.