Aam Aadmi Party founder member Kumar Vishwas today accused its leaders of conspiring against him and said he won't compromise with his principles and soon take a call on his future action. Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister and senior AAP leader Manish Sisodia hit back, questioning why Vishwas is making public statements on TV.
"I know I will be targeted. The efforts to tarnish my image will be made. But let me tell the conspirators that I will not allow you to do so," an emotional Kumar Vishwas told reporters without taking any name.
He denied that he wanted to be the Convenor of the Aam Aadmi Party. "I have already told several times and even to Arvind (Kejriwal), Manish (Sisodia) and the party that I don't want to be the Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister or the Convenor," he said.
Kumar Vishwas also said that he would not join any political party or the Swaraj Aandolan. But he said he will take a decision by tonight.
He broke down while talking to reporters, saying "I don't know why you are here but I had not joined the movement for this."
Stating that Arvind Kejriwal will remain the chief minister, he however said he will not apologise for the 13-minute video where he had launched an indirect attack on the Arvind Kejriwal government.
Among other issues, Vishwas had hinted at corruption in the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government.
SISODIA HITS BACK
In an instant reply, Sisodia questioned why Vishwas is speaking in the open and not in party forums. "Who is benefiting from such public statements? Definitely not the Aam Aadmi Party," he said.
AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan had on Sunday alleged that Vishwas was conspiring to break the party and had asked some legislators to join the BJP with an offer of Rs 30 crore each.
"The morale of our workers is getting hurt due to comments made on TV. They don't talk inside the party, they talk on TV," Sisodia said.
"You should come in proper forum. Come to PAC and talk," the deputy CM said.
Khan's remarks came after Vishwas in a TV interview on Friday said the party won't hesitate in taking a call on change in its leadership after its poor show in the Delhi municipal polls.
As Vishwas challenged the claim and denied any attempt to split the party, Khan on Monday night resigned from the party's Political Affairs Committee (PAC).
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is also the Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) national convener, called a PAC meeting on Monday to discuss the issues that arose after the allegations levelled by the Okhla MLA.
Vishwas did not turn up for the PAC meet.