AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal has once again landed in troubled waters as Bawana MLA Ved Prakash after switching sides to the BJP has accused Kejriwal of being inaccessible to party MLA’s. Referring to Timarpur MLA Pankaj Pushkar and Bijwasan MLA Col. Devinder Sehrawat, Prakash said that even these two MLA’s had made the same allegations against Kejriwal and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia of being too busy and that they have distanced themselves from party MLA’s.
As reported by the Indian Express, Prakash then ignored calls from Arvind Kejriwal, after it became clear he was about to switch party allegiance, and he sealed the move by appearing in the BJP office with state president Manoj Tiwari.
In a rebuttal, AAP senior leader Sanjay Singh came out in support of Arvind Kejriwal and accused BJP of trying to break up and weaken their party. He said, “The BJP did the same thing before the 2015 assembly polls and tried poaching our Assembly speaker, MLAs through (BJP leader) Sher Singh Dagar. Vinod Kumar Binny, Rajesh Garg, Ashok Chauhan all were poached by them. But the people of Delhi taught them a lesson by giving them just three seats. Whenever the BJP has tried to break up the party or weaken Arvind Kejriwal, the ‘aam aadmi’ has stood more strongly with us.” as reported by Indian Express.
He also added that “After our announcement of the house tax waiver, there has been a positive impact across households in the capital. People have seen how AAP brought down power and water bills drastically and now know that if this party comes to power in MCD, they will do away with house tax too. The BJP is absolutely ruffled by this.”
As rumors of another Kasturba Nagar MLA Madan Lal leaving the party were doing rounds, to clear the confusion, Sanjay presented the MLA before the media.
As reported by Indian Express, Lal said,“I cannot even think of leaving a party with a leader like Kejriwal. I am very happy in this party, and so are the other MLAs. It is shameful that such falsehood is being spread. I will complain to the Press Council about the news report that said I am leaving the party. No one even checked with me once.”
Though Prakash’s departure won’t affect the party in the legislative assembly but this new development has tried to hollow the party’s image ahead of the polls.