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Monday, Sep 16, 2019

Rajasthan AAP members miffed with Kumar Vishwas’ long absence

Senior members of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Rajasthan are miffed with state in-charge, Kumar Vishwas for allegedly not devoting time and resources to the party

jaipur Updated: Dec 10, 2017 21:19 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Kumar Vishwas.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Kumar Vishwas.(Sushil Kumar/HT Photo.)

Senior members of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Rajasthan are miffed with state in-charge, Kumar Vishwas for allegedly not devoting time and resources to the party. They wrote a letter to him last week expressing their angst, saying that his ‘prolonged absence’ from the state has deeply damaged the party. 

The letter, signed by over two dozen office bearers, reads that it has been over seven months since Kumar was made the in-charge of state and the party organisation is still in poor shape. “We lag behind in preparations for the 2018 assembly polls and are fast losing the opportunity to contest elections as a party with mature understanding,” reads the letter. 

It further alleges that Kumar has visited the state only four times since he was entrusted with the job of overseeing the party affairs in the state. In addition, the senior members have been trying to meet Vishwas for the past two months but have not been given time. 

The members also raised the issue of funds saying that not a single rupee has been given to the state unit of the party and even the internet connection of the party’s state office has been severed. “Electricity connection can be cut any day. The kitchen has been shut. If any worker visits the office, he finds the office door locked,” claims the letter. 

They demanded that Vishwas should spend at least three days a week in the state and work for party organisation as promised earlier and resolve the fund related issues. Furthermore, they expressed their discontent with the actions of party supervisor appointed by Vishwas and suggested that organisation work be given to members from Rajasthan.

When contacted over phone, Ashok Jain, member of Rajasthan AAP discipline committee, confirmed that the letter was sent but added that the situation of AAP in Rajasthan is ‘alright’. “These things keep happening. I’m sure Kumar Vishwas Ji will give new direction to the party in the state,” he added. 

While Kumar Vishwas did not personally respond to questions, he asked Pankaj Sharma, Rajasthan AAP coordinator to respond on his behalf. “Due to delay in some of party’s internal decisions, Kumar Vishwas Ji could not begin work for the first two months. But after that, we have been working according to our strategy,” said Sharma. 

“Working doesn’t necessarily have to be through physical presence. Kumar Vishwas Ji has been constantly in touch with the members in Rajasthan. We have also invited them to Delhi for talks on Tuesday. As per our strategy, full-fledged organisation and election work will begin from January,” he added.

First Published: Dec 10, 2017 21:19 IST