AAP crisis highlights: Kumar Vishwas 'committed to party's course correction', says never sought big posts

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AAP crisis highlights: Kumar Vishwas 'committed to party's course correction', says never sought big posts
  • 15:52 (IST)

    Meanwhile... Amanatullah Khan meets close aides

    According to CNN-News18, the Okhla MLA who was booted out for raising questions against Kimar Vishwas, met with some of his close aides, perhaps to discuss his future course of action. "I am a small man from another party," Khan said.

  • 15:46 (IST)

    After PAC meeting, Arvind Kejriwal tweets picture of AAP family 're'-united

  • 15:19 (IST)

    Kumar Vishwas will strengthen AAP in Rajaasthan: Manish Sisodia

    In PAC meeting which lasted for three hours, a decision was made to give greater responsibility to Vishwas.

    "He (Vishwas) will be Rajasthan's party in-charge as the state goes to polls next year... He will strengthen the party," Deputy Chief Manish Sisodia told reporters.

  • 15:06 (IST)

    Committee formed to probe Amanatullah Khan's comments, sacked leader says not compulsory to appear before panel

    The AAP announced a three-member committee of party leaders Pankaj Gupta, Atishi Marlena and Ashutosh to determine why Khan made the allegation against Kumar Vishwas. Khan, refusing to comment on his suspension, said that it was the party's decision, however, it will not be necessary for him to appear before the committee, according to CNN-News18.

  • 14:59 (IST)

    Will never take up big posts in party, but some discussions were pending since long: Kumar Vishwas

    Reflecting on the crisis that unfolded in the past two days, Kumar Vishwas said that he believes that some discussions were pending since long in the party and he was happy that they could all talk today. He called it only the beginning of such a constructive dialogue, clarifying that contrary to the rumours abound he will never take up big posts in theparty.

    He further said that wheever the party would need course correction, he will always come forward and not shy away from speaking the truth.

  • 14:47 (IST)

    Sacked MLA Amanatullah Khan says, not the appropriate time to comment on my suspension from the party: CNN-News18

  • 14:42 (IST)

    Kumar Vishwas emerges victorious but here's the other side of the story

    The entire narrative around AAP crisis has revolved around Kumar Vishwas so far. However, not many voices have come from the Amanatullah Camp, who was at the eye of the storm.

    A source close to the Okhla MLA told Firstpost, “Everyone is aware of what Vishwas said. His statements were clearly anti-AAP. Despite that, Kejriwal tried to save him by referring to him as his ‘younger brother’. We know full well that Amanatullah has been forced to resign and he is paying for speaking the truth. The top leadership has never had time to listen to its volunteers in the past three years. Our MLA has been made a scapegoat to save Vishwas for reasons best known to Kejriwal.”

  • 14:23 (IST)

    With Amanatullah booted out, Kumar Vishwas gets his way

    The three-hour-long PAC meet has spelt big wins for camp Kumar Vishwas. Vishwas wanted AAp MLA Amanatullah Khan booted out from the party and a higher role in the party for himself. Both these wishes have been granted by the party's core leadership, in a bid to retain Vishwas' patronage. An enquiry has also been launched into the comments made by Khan against Vishwas. Khan, meanwhile, has maintained a stoic silence all this while.


  • PAC meeting ends, big win for Kumar Vishwas 

    Speaking to the media after the meeting ended, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said: 

    1.       Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan suspended from party’s membership.
    2.       AAP forms a three-member committee headed by national secretary Pankaj Gupta along with Ashutosh and Atishi Marlena. 
    3.       The committee will conduct an inquiry into the case of Amanatullah Khan who levelled allegations against Kumar Vishwas.
    4.       Kumar Vishwas has been made AAP in-charge of Rajasthan.
    5.       AAP top leadership disturbed by the public statements (Bayaan Baazi) made by the party leaders, which needs to be stopped.   

  • AAP supporters on edge as PAC meet goes on for over three hours

    AAP's PAC meeting is continuing behind the closed doors of Flag Staff House – the official residence of Arvind Kejriwal at Civil Lines in New Delhi. All top brass of AAP are inside including Kumar Vishwas. Outside Kejriwal’s residence, from media to party volunteers are waiting with fingers crossed. According to sources close to the developments of the day, “the picture will be clear by today evening”. Among the gathering outside the venue, a few supporters who accompanied Vishwas could be seen waiting anxiously to know the outcome of the meeting.

  • 13:47 (IST)

    Why is Arvind Kejriwal going soft on Kumar Vishwas?

    According to a Firstpost report, given the adverse wave against AAP, saving Vishwas is a compulsion for Kejriwal. Booting out Vishwas, a popular face in AAP, is likely to backfire as most other well-known members of the top leadership have already been shown the door — Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan and Mayank Gandhi to name a few.

    His association with the party is likely to add to it's nationalistic credentials. Moreover, keeping Vishwas within the party fold is far less politically risky for Kejriwal, who’s known for his ‘autocratic style of functioning’.

  • 13:35 (IST)

    AAP bigwigs in huddle for over two hours as Kumar Vishwas rigid on Amanatullah Khan's sacking

  • 13:18 (IST)

    Kumar Vishwas keeps AAP on tenterhooks, keeps mum on future plans

    Even as Kumar Vishwas made his grievances with the party known in a very public outburst, under full media glare, the AAP leader has since then refused to reveal his plans.

    "I will decide in one day, and will soon let you know what that decision is," Vishwas said.

    Meanwhile, Vishwas has substantial support from within the party and that should worry AAP leaders. Even as party bigwigs met Vishwas to try and convince him, a bunch of party MLAs went to meet Vishwas separately. 

    It is learnt that a few MLAs of the party also signed a letter, urging the top leadership to expel the Ohkla MLA, Amanatullah Khan. A separate letter, with the same demand, has also been released by a Punjab MLA of the party.  Several MLAs too 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.

  • 12:59 (IST)

    Defiant Kumar Vishwas refuses to apologise for not towing party line, alleges conspiracy against him

    AAP leader Kumar Vishwas told mediapersons that he has no interest in becoming the chief minister, deputy chief minister or the party convenor and alleged that there is a conspiracy against him. He further refused to apologise to express his views on Kashmir and nationalism in a video which had gone viral.

  • 12:47 (IST)

    Kumar Vishwas puts forth three condition to stay in party

    According to CNN-News18, Kumar Vishwas has put forward a three-point agenda in front of Kejriwal, as a pre-condition to re-consider his decision to quit AAP. Here are the three conditions put by the disgruntled AAP leader.

    • No compromise on corruption: Vishwas has sought tough measures against those who indulge in corruption and are a part of the party. He said that AAP must not compromise on dealing with corruption as this was the founding principle of the party.
    • Communication with grassroots workers: Vishwas has also said that the grievances of ground-level workers of the party must be given priority.
    • Nationalism is sancrosanct: Many in the party were apparently miffed after Vishwas put out a video on nationalism and challenged the stand of his own party on several fronts. However, Vishwas has insisted that the party must priortise nationalism as its key guiding principal in it's dealing with other issues.

  • 12:31 (IST)

    Barely recovered from poll debacle, AAP plagued by infighting

    Even as a slew of resignations haunted the party after the recent poll debacle. The fresh controversy with Kumar Vishwas has increased trouble for the party. Reprtedly, there was anger within a section of the party over how Vishwas has been giving interviews and putting out videos on social media.

    "Whoever has any complaint should come and meet us, meet (Kejriwal) and tell him. Don't give statements and issue videos like this outside," Sisodia had said.

    Following this, Amanatullah Khan alleged that Vishwas was in cahoots with the BJP and was planning a coup against the party. This angered Vishwas and led to the current crisis.

    "I will continue to speak the truth about the party, it's people and the nation," a defiant Vishwas said.

  • 12:18 (IST)

    Kumar Vishwas an ambitious leader, could be in talks with BJP: Congress

    Even as Arvind Kejriwal reached out quickly to take the situation in control, Kumar Vishwas' emotional outburst has given rise to speculations about the AAP leader's next step.

    Vishwas, clarified that if he quits AAP, he does not intend to join BJP, Swarajya India or any other political party. However, word is around that the poet-turned-politician could be in talks with other parties to discuss his future course. Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit has said, "No one starts seeing a problem within a party all of a sudden. Kumar Vishwas is an ambitious leader he could be negotiating for a Rajya Sabha seat or something else, with BJP."

  • 12:04 (IST)

    AAP top brass attend PAC, likely to work out a solution today

    Senior AAP leaders Ashutosh, Atishi Marlena, Manish Sisodia etc are at Arvind Kejriwal's residence to attend the meeting. The party leaders are trying to pacify a defiant Vishwas and stop him from quitting the party.

  • 11:58 (IST)

    Kejriwal likely to go soft on Vishwas; Sisodia jittery

    Arvind Kejriwal has reached out to an upset Kumar Vishwas in a bid to curtail things spiraling out of control. As Vishwas was rigid in his negotiations with the party, Kejriwal is apparently going easy. Kejriwal had sought to quell rumours of a rift with Vishwas by referring to him as his "younger brother".

    "He is upset, I'm sure we will convince him," Kejriwal said.

    Meanwhile, Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia has said that Vishwas' public comments will hurt the party and will feed in to the negative propaganda being spread by the BJP.

    "It would be wrong to say that only Kumar, Arvind Kejriwal and I made the party, which he has been repeating. He should speak in the PAC. He did not attend last night's PAC. I and Sanjay (Singh) had gone to meet him. Arvind has spoken to him for three hours at a stretch," Sisodia said.

  • 11:43 (IST)

    Decision on Kumar Vishwas likely today

    Vishwas has been demanding stern action against Okhla MLA Amantullah Khan, who had accused him of being a “RSS-BJP” agent and plotting a coup in the party. According to reports, Vishwas was apparently unhappy by the way the party handled the whole episode. He has reportedly said that had such statements been made about Arvind Kejriwal, such a person would have been kicked out of the party.

    Senior party leaders are meeting today to discuss these differences, They are likely to work on a formula to pacify Vishwas and convince him to stay with the party.

  • 11:36 (IST)

    AAP PAC meeting underway at Arvind Kejriwal's residence

    Aam Aadmi Party national convenor Arvind Kejriwal has called for a Political Affairs Committee (PAC) meeting at 11 am on Wednesday. The party leaders have huddled up to discuss the rift between the party members after party leader Kumar Vishwas had threatened to quit the party. 

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's late night meeting with senior AAP leader Kumar Vishwas, who has threatened to quit over the attacks on him by a "coterie" surrounding the AAP convener, appears to have yielded little result.

AAP leader Kumar Vishwas. IBNLive

AAP leader Kumar Vishwas. IBNLive

At Tuesday's meeting, Vishwas insisted that stern action be taken against Okhla MLA Amantullah Khan, who had accused him of being a “RSS-BJP” agent and plotting a coup in the party, sources said.

A section of AAP MLAs also held a separate meeting with Vishwas early on Wednesday but details were not immediately available.

Khan had on Monday resigned from the party's Political Affairs Committee (PAC). Vishwas had accused Khan of being a “mask” and acting at
the behest of a “coterie” surrounding Kejriwal.

After the emotional outburst, Vishwas had threatened to quit the party. The chief minister and deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia had visited Vishwas’s Ghaziabad residence late in the night to pacify him. The three, along with party leaders Sanjay Singh and Ashutosh, then went to Kejriwal’s residence.

The meeting continued until late in the night. The PAC is also likely to meet today to discuss the issue.

Updated Date: May 03, 2017 16:09 PM

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