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AAP crisis: Kejriwal says there’s no rift, Kumar Vishwas is his younger brother

Kejriwal says those who are showing that there is a rift between him and Vishwas are enemies of the party.

delhi Updated: Jun 01, 2017 11:26 IST
HT Correspondent
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New Delhi, Hindustan Times
AAP crisis,Arvind Kejriwal,Kumar Vishwas
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal (L) and AAP senior leader Kumar Vishwas.(HT File Photo)

Aam Aadmi Party national convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal warned those “who are showing that there is a rift” between him and senior leader Kumar Vishwas and said they were “enemies of the party”.

Putting to rest the speculations of any rift, Kejriwal said Vishwas was his younger brother and “no one can separate them”.

“Kumar is my younger brother. Some people are showing that there is a rift between us, they are enemies of the party. They should refrain from this. No one can separate us,” he tweeted.

Kejriwal’s tweets came hours after AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan took to social media alleging that Vishwas was trying to take over the party and has been asking MLAs to make him the national convener.

Khan is also a member of the party’s Political Affairs Committee (PAC) — the apex decision-making body in AAP.

“Vishwas is calling MLAs to his place and telling them to either make him the convener or join BJP, which is willing to give Rs30 crore to each MLA....,” Khan said in message shared on WhatsApp.

He alleged it was being done at the behest of the BJP. “Four MLAs have been tasked with this. They take other MLAs to Vishwas’ place. Ten MLAs have told me this. Yesterday (Friday) a meeting of these four MLAs happened at a minister’s place,” he said.

Rubbishing the allegations, culture minister Kapil Mishra said, “There is no question of Kejriwal leaving the post of party convener. The reports about rift between him and Vishwas are baseless. Amanatullah should apologise for his statement.”

Vishwas and some other leaders had raised concerns over Kejriwal’s stand to only blame Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) for defeat in the municipal election.

Kejriwal on Saturday issued a statement attributing the losses to the party’s own “mistakes”, vowing to introspect and do a course correction to revive the party’s fortunes.

It was a rare admission of failure by the activist-turned-politician who had blamed “tampered EVMs” for the poor show in the recent civic polls in Delhi. It also came a day after Vishwas, challenged the party’s official line besides raising a host of other issues related to party functioning.

Vishwas told TV channels that the party has lost connect with grass root workers. Vishwas could not be reached for a comment despite numerous calls and text messages.

First Published: Apr 30, 2017 21:46 IST