Rajasthan event organisers revoke Kumar Vishwas invite, he says at behest of Vasundhara Raje
AAP leader was invited to a Kavi Sammelan being organised by Dungarpur Municipal Council. He claims his name struck off after Rajasthan chief minister saw his posters in the area.jaipur Updated: Oct 13, 2017 19:30 IST
Poet and AAP leader Kumar Vishwas expressed his unhappiness on his name being struck off at the last moment from the list of participants of a “kavi samelan” being organized by the Dungarpur Municipal Council.
Taking a dig at Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje on social media, Vishwas alleged that it was after the intervention of Raje that his name was struck off from the poets’ meet.
In a 7.10 minute video posted on a social media platform on Thursday titled “Sorry Rajasthan poetry lovers”, Viswas said: “The Dungarpur Municipal Council wanted me to participate in a Kavi Samelan and invited me through poet Ajaat Shatru. They said that they have financial issues so I agreed participate by accepting half of the honorarium.
“A month back, a council official sent me the invite and I accepted. Hoardings were put up across the city but a couple of days back I learnt that after Raje’s convoy passed through the city and she saw my face on hoarding and a senior official from her office called up an official of municipal council and told him that Vishwas should not participate in the poets’ meet.”
“Yesterday, the organizers called and told me that the government is pressuring them and asked me not to come,” Viswas said.
The BJP has a majority of councillors on the Dungarpur municipal council board.
Refuting the allegations, Dungarpur municipal council chairman KK Gupta said, “It is unfortunate that this is being made into a political issue. The chief minister was not even aware of the event. We have not received any call or were pressured by the government.”
The kavi samelan held on October 12 by Council for which a tender was released and a contractor was selected and it was the contractor, who proposed bringing Vishwas and put up hoarding on October 7. Later city residents and councilors objected to Viswas participating in the meet, he said.
“In view of smooth conduct of the event and to avoid any untoward incident during the meet, the decision was taken.”
Gupta further said that neither the chief minister nor her convoy has crossed the city in the last few days and Vishwas’ allegations are baseless.
First Published: Oct 13, 2017 19:29 IST