New Delhi, April 03: The Aam Aadmi Party leadership has pulled off a peace deal with Kumar Vishwas as he has been given a bigger role in the party. He has been made the in-charge of Rajasthan. MLA Amanatullah Khan has been suspended from party’s primary membership. Delhi’s deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday informed the media about decisions taken in PAC meeting that was attended by Arvind Kejriwal, Sanjay Singh, Ashutosh and all the other members of the body. After the meeting, Kumar Vishwas said that the fight was not a personality clash or a struggle for control. He said he had no wish to be party convenor. He said course-correction was needed in the party.
Kumar Vishwas agreed to attend PAC meeting after Arvind Kejriwal visited Vishwas on Tuesday evening at his residence to placate him. Earlier, he had skipped a PAC meeting held to sort out his differences with party leadership. TV reports said Kumar Vishwas had put forward three demands for staying in the party. Apart from the three demands, Kumar Vishwas had also demanded that MLA Amanatullah Khan, who made a disparaging comment against Vishwas, to be expelled from the party. The AAP MLA had relinquished his membership of PAC as atonement for comments against Vishwas. However, after the meeting, he repeated the allegation that Vishwas was a BJP agent.
Reports in television media said that Kumar Vishwas was adamant on his demands. His first demand was that there should be no compromise on corruption in the party. He made the demand as opposition claimed that Kejriwal had different standards for corruption in his own government.
The second demand Kumar Vishwas made was that there should be constant communication with party workers and their complaints and grievances should be heard. He made the demand as there was growing discontent among party volunteers over the inaccessibility of party leaders. The third demand he put forward was no compromise with nationalist ideals. It must be noted that Kumar Vishwas had expressed his disagreement with party’s stand on surgical strikes. (Also read: Kejriwal meets Vishwas, rift unresolved in AAP)
AAP’s founding member had fallen out with his friends and colleagues, Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia, after the MCD polls debacle. Kumar Vishwas had spoken out against party’s decisions and official line in the run up to the MCD polls. He had said that party’s tirade against EVMs was wrong and that party needs to introspect to find the real reasons for the loss. He had also talked about organisational changes in the party. (Read highlights: Kumar Vishwas to stay back in AAP, made in-charge of Rajasthan)
The real problem started with Delhi’s Okhala MLA, Amanatullah Khan opening a new front against Kumar Vishwas. He said Vishwas had his eyes set on the post of convenor of the Aam Aadmi Party–which is held by Arvind Kejriwal currently. He said Vishwas was a BJP agent. The MLA, later, resigned from the post of PAC. However, he didn’t budge from his position and levelled similar charges against Kumar Vishwas.
A hurt Kumar Vishwas said on Tuesday that Amanatullah would have been expelled from the party had he said the same things against Manish Sisodia and Arvind Kejriwal.