Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal camp has lashed out at Kumar Vishwas alleging that he was soft on BJP, according to India Today report. Vishwas, who had threatened to quit AAP last month, was entrusted with the responsibility of looking after the party affairs in Rajasthan where Assembly elections are due next year, according to reports. Former Delhi unit convenor of AAP Dilip K. Pandey has taken a dig at Vishwas saying that while the latter criticised the Congress, he did not say anything against BJP and Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje. Vishwas had a difference of opinion with CM Kejriwal on the issue of electronic voting machines (EVMs) following dismal performances by the party in Goa, Punjab Assembly elections and MCD polls in the national capital. He had rejected the claims that EVMs tampering was the main reason behind those defeats. He had also claimed that there was a communication gap between the party leadership and volunteers. AAP had suspended Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan who accused Vishwas of plotting a coup against Kejriwal.
Meanwhile, last week, Vishwas had said that the AAP should go back to basics while preparing for the Rajasthan Assembly polls. He had also pitched for zero-interference from Delhi leaders and stressed the state unit will be given full freedom to take their own decisions while preparing for the polls. “The party will return to its core principles in Rajasthan from where it had started. We won in Delhi (in 2013 and 2015) and yet lost successive polls (in Punjab, Goa and Delhi civic bodies). Now, the situation is that polls in Rajasthan are important for the partys rejuvenation,” Vishwas had said. He said that there will be no photos of any party in-charge or observers on the AAPs posters, banners or social media campaigns. They will not stay in any hotel or farmhouse, but in party offices or residences of workers, the poet-turned-politician added.
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Earlier, Vishwas had claimed Khan was merely a pawn and accused the coterie around Kejriwal of hatching a conspiracy against him.