New Delhi, Dec 29: Unhappy with party leadership, supporters of AAP founder member Kumar Vishwas on Thursday staged a protest outside party office, seeking a Rajya Sabha seat for him. The protest which started around 3 PM yesterday lasted till 7:30 PM. It ended only after Vishwas tweeted that he would not appreciate any ‘unrest’ in his name.
“Pl refer to my Nov 26 appeal, Country first, Party next and Person last. Fight for Swaraj, BackToBasics, Transparency but I wont appreciate any unrest in my name. Abhimanyu is a winner, even if killed(sic),” Vishwas posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.
The protest comes a day before filing of nominations for Delhi’s three Rajya Sabha seats begins. Though AAP’s strength in the Delhi Assembly will ensure that all the three seats go to the party, the issue has brought to the fore the deepening rift within the party.
Earlier in November, Kejriwal-led party had approached former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan to be one of its candidates, but Rajan declined the offer saying he would stick to academics.
Talking to news agency PTI, one of the Vishwas’ supporters said that someone who has been part of the anti-corruption movement, which was the launchpad of the party, should be sent to the upper house.
Meanwhile AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj claimed that 80 per cent of the protesters belonged to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), they were trying to defame AAP as well as Vishwas.
(With inputs from agencies)