Kumar Vishwas defies ‘gag order’, says Delhi to have a new CM soon

A day after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Amanatullah Khan resigned from the party’s Political Affairs Committee, Kumar Vishwas made an emotional appeal on 2 May.

He said he would not tender his apology for the video in which he had allegedly attacked AAP founder and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Khan had earlier alleged that Vishwas was trying to “usurp” the AAP and that he harboured ambitions of leading the party.

Khan’s resignation did little to change his stand on the allegations that he had raised against fellow party leader Vishwas.

“I stand by what I said. Kumar Vishwas is doing this at the behest of the BJP. I don’t regret what I said. Kumar Vishwas wants to split the party,” Khan said on Monday.

Sisodia blasts Kumar Vishwas

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, along with senior leaders Sanjay Singh and Alka Lamba, had visited Kumar Vishwas at his Ghaziabad residence on Monday, but the latter refused to attend the PAC meeting till Amanatullah Khan was sacked, Sisodia said in a press statement on Tuesday.

Responding to Vishwas’s emotional outburst on Tuesday, Sisodia said, “AAP does not belong to any individual. It belongs to lakhs of members. He refused to come to PAC meeting yesterday.”

He added that such issues should not be made into a personal fight but must be raised at proper forum like the PAC meeting of the party.

He also responded to Vishwas’s statement that he would not apologise for the video where he has allegedly attacked Arvind Kejriwal for his stand on corruption within the party, by saying that no one asked Vishwas to apologise for anything.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) founder member Kumar Vishwas on Tuesday 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.

His emotional appeal came a day after AAP leader Amanatullah Khan resigned from the party’s Political Affairs Committee. Khan had alleged that Vishwas was trying to “usurp” the AAP – and that he harboured ambitions of leading the party.

AAP crisis: Kumar Vishwas claims Delhi will get a new chief minister soon

As the crisis within the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) continues to get grim following a series of electoral debacles in Punjab, Goa and Delhi MCD polls, a senior party leader has said Kumar Vishwas has said within three days Delhi will get a new chief minister.

“AAP MLAs have complained that Kumar Vishwas has claimed to few of them that within this week there will be a new CM in Delhi,” a senior AAP source said.

Few of these MLAs have already informed senior AAP leaders close to Kejriwal about this development.

Factionalism within the AAP is clearly at its peak now and both sides are trying to test loyalties of the 64 AAP MLAs crucial in decision of which side will finally prevail.

On Monday, in a bid to pacify Vishwas who was sulking at comments made against him by MLA Ammanatullah Khan, Kejriwal-led Political Affairs Committee (PAC) rebuked and accepted his resignation from the party’s highest decision-making body.

To express his anger Kumar skipped the PAC last night. Despite his resignation from PAC, Khan reiterated his allegations that Vishwas was trying to break AAP. Deputy CM Manish Sisodia warned all party leaders and MLAs against making public statements. Though few MLAs close to Vishwas met him at his residence today morning and demanded expulsion of Ammanatullah Khan from the party itself.

The recent crisis in AAP started with a blame game after defeats in Punjab, Goa and Delhi MCD elections.

Additional inputs: The Quint, India Today