New Delhi: How many MLAs will support Kumar Vishwas if he actually quits Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)? There are chances that the poet turned politician may quit the Arvind Kejriwal led AAP sooner than latter as the gulf between the AAP convener and Delhi chief minister Kejriwal and Kumar Vishwas has grown substantially over the last week.
Many people believe that Amanatullah Khan, the party MLA from Okhla’s outburst against one of the most recognized faces in the party, had tacit support from Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Sisodia camp. Observer believe that without the support, Okhla MLA wouldn’t have spoken against Kumar Vishwas.
But the party and Kejriwal camp were apparently shocked to find the massive support that Vishwas got. As many as 37 party MLAs including a few ministers asked Kejriwal to sack Amanatullah Khan. Following Kumar Vishwas outburst yesterday against Amanatullah Khan and the retort he received from Manish Sisodia, it is obvious that the party may be heading to an eventual split. Now it is quite clear that AAP split is wide open.
The question that many people are asking is, how many MLAs will leave the party with Kumar Vishwas. While the party’s graph is going down and the massive rout in MCD election came as the final nail in the fledgling party coffin, it is yet far fetched to think that many MLAs will leave the party given the massive numerical superiority that the party enjoys in assembly. Out of 70 MLAs, AAP has 67 MLAs in Delhi assembly.
On Tuesday the Kejriwal camp deployed deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia to contain the damage who retaliated against Vishwas saying people are aware that his comments would help a “particular party”. Amid murmurs that he wants to head the party, poet- turned-politician Vishwas said he harbours no ambitions to become chief minister, deputy chief minister or AAP national convener. There are reports that many AAP MLAs are in favour of a greater role for Vishwas in the AAP after the party’s poor show in the Punjab Assembly and MCD polls. They also expressed their displeasure over the “coterie” surrounding Kejriwal, as claimed by Vishwas, but pledged their loyalty towards the Aam Aadmi Party chief.
“I have conveyed this to Arvind, Manish (Sisodia) and I reiterate it today that I don’t want to become chief minister, deputy chief minister or AAP’s national convener…I don’t want to join any political party or Swaraj India. I don’t know what you want to do, but I don’t want to do this,” Kumar Vishwas told reporters outside his Ghaziabad residence, as he turned emotional.
He further said, “Had Amanatullah Khan said anything like this against Arvind or Manish, he would have been shown the door in 10 minutes. A lot of tarnishing of image will take place. Let me tell those hatching conspiracies that I will not let this happen. I will take a decision in a day”.
Apparently this was the support that Vishas enjoys among some party MLAs that forced Kejriwal to go to Vishwas’ home to cajole him not to leave the party. On Tuesday, Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal drove to the residence of Kumar Vishwas with Manish Sisodia to try and convince him. it is yet to see as to how the poet turned politician responds to the latest outreach by Kejri camp.