The defeat in MCD polls is having a direct impact on the Aam Aadmi Party as the differences between top leaders are clearly visible now. In the flurry of developments, Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan resigned from the party’s Political Affairs Committee (PAC) over a spat with Kumar Vishwas who gave some controversial statements over party’s leadership. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was given the responsibility to contain the damage but made matters worse by saying people were aware that his comments would help a “particular party”. On Tuesday, senior leaders Sanjay Singh and Ashutosh reportedly met Kumar Vishwas and were later joined by Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia as well. After the meeting, Vishwas gave a hint that he might quit the party, however, he added that final decision will be taken in a day or two.
Here are live updates:
2:17 PM: Here is what Kumar Vishwas told the reporters after the PAC meeting got over:
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2:14 PM: Former AAP leader Yogendra Yadav says the rift between Arvind Kejriwal and Kumar Vishwas is not for principles but for power.
2:12 PM: BJP leader Shazia Ilmi while speaking to Times Now said it won’t be an easy relationship after the allegations on Kumar Vishwas.
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2:08 PM: The PAC committee has also decided that there will be an enquiry on Amanatullah Khan within the party.
2:05 PM: Manish Sisodia confirms that Amanatullah Khan will be suspended from the party. Delhi deputy Chief Minister also confirmed that Kumar Vishwas will be heading the party in Rajasthan.
2:02 PM: After the meet, Kumar Vishwas thanked the party workers who stood by him in last few days. He said no one should be in this misconception that this is a fight for power. I don’t want to be the CM but there were few issues that had to be discussed.
2:00 PM: According to the Times Now sources, an agreement has been reached between Aam Aadmi Party and Kumar Vishwas in the PAC meet.
12:25 PM: Kumar Vishwas had accused Amanatullah Khan of being a “mask” and acting at the behest of a “coterie” surrounding Kejriwal. Khan on Monday resigned from the party’s Political Affairs Committee (PAC).
12:05 PM: The PAC meeting is going on at Arvind Kejriwal’s house and soon the details might be out. Some big decisions are expected in the meeting.
11:37 AM: Former AAP leader Mayank Gandhi said losing MCD polls was important for the party to realise the mistakes that were being made.
11:20 AM: Some big decisions can be taken in the PAC meet. In 2015, Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan were removed from the party after a similar meet.
11:02 AM: The PAC meeting is scheduled to begin shortly and will be attended by the senior Aam Aadmi Party leaders.
10:55 AM: According to the sources by Times Now, these are the three demands of Kumar Vishwas:
1. Sack Amanatullah Khan
2. No apology for video
3. Direct contact for volunteers
10:37 AM: According to the reports by Times Now, a massive climbdown from Arvind Kejriwal is expected as Amanatullah Khan can be used as a scapegoat for saving the party.
10:30 AM: According to TV reports, both Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia have left for the PAC meet.
10:15 AM: According to Times Now, Kumar Vishwas has agreed to attend the PAC meeting Arvind Kejriwal’s house this afternoon. This could be the final round of negotiations after which a decision on Vishwas can be taken.
10:05 AM: Arvind Kejriwal now faces the tough task of keeping the party together. Kumar Vishwas’ decision can also impact whether the party decides to fight Gujarat elections or not.
9:55 AM: Here is what Kumar Vishwas said yesterday:
9:50 AM: Kumar Vishwas’s criticised AAP’s decision to question surgical strike conducted by saying, “When the morale of our forces fighting terrorism were down and we raised questions. In that case, we need to do course correction.”
9:45 AM: “If by raising voice in favour of the nation my party gets upset, even then I will keep on raising these issues,” Kumar Vishwas said.
9:40 AM: According to Times Now another meeting took place at Kumar Vishwas’ house that lasted till 3 AM:
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9:35 AM: “I thought after six electoral defeats, I had pointed out the right reason for the debacle. The coterie was responsible (for the defeats) which was behind ticket distribution, the one who engineered the statements (given by Khan). The morale of our volunteers has taken a hit,” Vishwas said.
9:30 AM: Here is what Arvind Kejriwal said:
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9:25 AM: “I have conveyed this to Arvind, Manish (Sisodia) and I reiterate it today that I do not want to become chief minister, deputy chief minister or AAP’s national convener,” Kumar Vishwas was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
9:15 AM: 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 told PTI.