The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday once again made headlines for the wrong reasons following allegations that senior party leader Kumar Vishwas had an affair with a volunteer in the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Vishwas had unsuccessfully contested against Rahul Gandhi from Amethi in the last general elections.
Within minutes of the newsbreak on Monday afternoon, Twitter exploded with numerous photographs of Vishwas and AAP’s women supporters, posted by various users.
The hashtag — #exposingkumarvishwas — started trending on Twitter, with users divided in their opinions about the poet-turned-politician. The controversy was fuelled by senior party leader Anand Kumar’s statement that the party rift would reach the bedrooms and drawing rooms of the leaders.
A series of emails exchanged between the top leadership of the party, deciding the course of action— after they received a complaint against Vishwas — has come to light.
In December last year, senior party officials received an email from a man --- claiming to be one Ajay Vohra --- accusing Vishwas of accepting black money and indulging in a physical relationship with a volunteer from Amethi constituency, from where he was contesting. In the emails, it was also alleged that Vishwas’s wife also knew about it.
AAP spokesperson Ashish Khetan refused to comment on the matter.
Vishwas too remained unavailable for comments but posted several tweets from his account throughout the day daring Ajay Vohra to reveal his true identity. When HT called him, another person answered and told us to refer to Vishwas’s tweets.
Vishwas uploaded an interview he had given to a news channel — on Twitter— on Monday afternoon. In the interview, he said anyone can create an email id and level such allegations. He even blamed rival parties, saying that it was the ‘dirty tricks department’ of other parties who were behind the mail.
When asked why there was no investigation into the complaint, Vishwas told the interviewer, “All leaders (who received the email) asked the man to come forward with the allegations. Where is he? Even today, I dare the sender to reveal his identity. It is easy to create an email id and send emails to everyone.”
Vohra in his mails also claimed to have an audio tape, proving his allegations.