AAP’s in trouble again?

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is staring at another upheaval in the party with senior leader Kumar Vishwas again raising the banner of revolt over revocation of suspension of his detractor Amanatullah Khan.

The action in favour of Khan on Monday evening ahead of the crucial November 2 National Council has irked Vishwas, whose supporters considers it as part of a plan to scuttle his growth in the party as well as a possible berth in Rajya Sabha next year.

To add to it, Vishwas also does not figure among the leaders to spell out party’s stand on various issues at the Council. While Manish Sisodia, Sanjay Singh, Ashutosh and Gopal Rai will speak, Delhi Chief Minister and party chief Arvind Kejriwal will make the concluding speech.

The clean chit to Khan came after a panel of Ashutosh and Atishi Marlena and Pankaj Gupta went into allegations raised by Khan and his defence.

Vishwas has made it public his displeasure about Khan’s reinstatement in the party after his suspension earlier this year for calling the poet-turned-politician an “RSS agent”. Khan had also then accused Vishwas of trying to topple Kejriwal.

However, Khan was appointed to important Delhi Assembly panels and now he returns to the all-powerful Political Affairs Committee (PAC) of AAP where Vishwas is also a member.

Vishwas, who had questioned party’s strategy earlier and took potshots at Kejriwal himself, was made in-charge of Rajasthan where polls are scheduled for next year. His actions there by virtually keeping the central leadership out was not taken kindly by his detractors.

“Khan is being used as a mask by some people who want me out. Such masks are used to sideline people politically, which has been done before,” Vishwas said.

Sources said it is to be seen how the leadership deal with the new unrest in the party and whether they would give leeway for Vishwas owing to his popularity. One section believes that the leadership may not go out of the way to appease Vishwas.

(Oct 31, 2017)

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