Arvind Kejriwal on Aam Aadmi Party rift: Will convince Kumar Vishwas

The Delhi chief minister and his deputy had gone to Vishwas' residence in Ghaziabad late on Tuesday night to hold talks with him.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia tried their best to placate co-founder member Kumar Vishwas, who had hinted at breaking up from the ruling party in Delhi. However, after an hour of closed door meeting with Kejriwal and other AAP leaders, Kumar Vishwas left CM's residence without speaking to the media.

The Delhi chief minister and his deputy had visited Vishwas at his residence in Ghaziabad late on Tuesday night to hold talks with him.

"He is an inseparable part of our movement. He is upset with us. We are sure that we will be able to convince him," Kejriwal said.

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  1. After an hour of closed door meeting with Kejriwal and other AAP leaders, Kumar Vishwas left CM's residence without speaking to the media.
  2. Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia tried their best to placate co-founder member Kumar Vishwas and brought him to the CM residence after which, the leaders went into a huddle in a last ditch effort to sort the differences.
  3. Apart from Kejriwal and Sisodia, Sanjay Singh and Ashutosh were also present at the closed door meeting with Vishwas. Later, minister Kapil Mishra who is considered close to Vishwas also joined in.
  4. Interestingly, Vishwas's wife was also present at the CM residence. After an hour, both left without saying a word to the media.
  5. After a dramatic day which saw an emotional Vishwas saying he will decide on his future tonight and deputy CM Sisodia hitting out at Vishwas for speaking to the media instead of putting his grievances in front of party leadership, Kejriwal went out of his way visited Vishwas in order to pacify the beleaguered leader.
  6. Kumar Vishwas earlier on Tuesday accused AAP leaders of conspiring against him and said he won't compromise with his principles and soon take a call on his future action.
  7. "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.
  8. 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.
  9. Kumar Vishwas also said that he would not join any political party or the Swaraj Aandolan.
  10. Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister and senior AAP leader Manish Sisodia hit back, questioning why Vishwas is making public statements on TV.
  11. "Who is benefiting from such public statements? Definitely not the Aam Aadmi Party," he said.
  12. 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.
  13. "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.
  14. 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.

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