Big Question: Any ray of hope for AAP? Will Vishwas attend PAC?

New Delhi: Late Tuesday night there was a lot of drama taking place at Kumar Vishwas place as beleaguered CM Arvind Kejriwal along with Deputy CM Manish Sisodia tried their level best to convince Vishwas saying that he is an integral part of the movement. Sources say that Kejriwal has tried to convince Kumar Vishwas and it remains to be seen if he will attend the PAC Meet today scheduled at 11 AM.

There was a big internal strife in AAP as rumours were doing the rounds that Kumar Vishwas may resign over allegations of his being a BJP-RSS agent.


Late night Drama begins:

 

As the rift within the AAP deepened on Tuesday with founder member Kumar Vishwas accusing senior leaders of conspiring against him, the party leaders have started efforts to pacify him.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal himself reached Vishwas's house in Ghaziabad late Tuesday night where senior AAP leadership including Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Sanjay Singh, Ashutosh were already present.


Kejriwal sounded hopeful:

After a brief talk, Kejriwal left for his residence in Civil Lines along with Vishwas.

"He is our friend since days of movement. Some differences have arose, hope we will mollify him," Kejriwal told reporters.

Meanwhile, many supporters gathered outside Vishwas's residence and demonstrated in his favour while the party leaders were inside.


What hurt Vishwas:

Earlier in the day Vishwas has alleged a conspiracy against him and indicated his possible exit from the party.

Sisodia, a childhood friend of the poet-politician hit back, saying he should have used proper forum to raise his concerns.

"I know I will be targeted. The efforts to tarnish my image will be made. But let me tell those conspirators that I will not allow you to do so," he said defying a party request not to rake up issues in the media.

He did not take any name but his target was clear.


Amanatullah Khan raised an accusing finger:

Kumar Vishwas dubbed Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan, who accused him of being a "BJP-RSS agent", as a "mask" behind those ganging up against him.

Khan on Sunday alleged that Kumar Vishwas was conspiring to break the party and plotting a coup against party convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Pledging to keep highlighting what he said were the AAP's mistakes, Kumar Vishwas said he would continue to speak in the interest of the country.

He denied he wanted to be the AAP Convenor. "I have already said 10 times and even to Arvind and Manish and the party that I don't want to be the Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister or the Convenor."

He said he would not join any political party or Swaraj Andolan.


Kumar Vishwas breaks down:

Kumar Vishwas broke down while speaking. "I had not joined the movement for this."

Asked if he would quit the AAP, he responded: "I will decide tonight and will soon tell you."

The AAP fielded Sisodia, a Kejriwal confidant, to counter the allegations. He slammed his former colleague for speaking publicly.

"Rather than making statements on TV channels, he should raise his concerns within the party forum. He should come and attend the PAC meet."


Sisodia said Kumar Vishwas' remarks were affecting the morale of party workers.

He said Kumar Vishwas was never asked to apologise for a video he released last month in which, among other things, he made oblique criticism of the AAP. "No one asked him to apologize. He made it personal.

"The party does not belong to Arvind, to me or to Kumar but it belongs to lakhs of workers in India and abroad," Sisodia told reporters at Kejriwal's residence.

Sisodia said he and party leader Sanjay Singh went to meet him. Still, Kumar Vishwas skipped an AAP leadership meeting on Monday. "Everyone knows who is benefitting" from his public remarks."

He also subtly attacked Kejriwal, accusing him of raising questions on the surgical strike by the Indian Army last year on terrorists in Pakistani territory.

"If we made mistakes and gave a 'wrong message' which lowered the morale of our soldiers, then we need a course correction," he said.

News24Bureau and IANS