Taking a dig at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), following party member Kumar Vishwas’s doubts over their convenor Arvind Kejriwal, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday said, it looks like a civil war going on within the party. However, BJP leader Shazia Ilmi dubbed Kumar Vishwas as an ‘opportunist,’ for raising voice post the AAP’s defeat in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls and not when similar had happened in the Punjab elections.
“It seems like there is a civil war within the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and there seems to be some eruption within. People are finally venting out what they had been wanting to say. My only question is, why didn’t these leaders speak when Arvind Kejriwal said the same things about the EVMs post Punjab elections? It’s very easy to attack him now. They are opportunists of the worst kind,” Ilmi told ANI.
On the other hand, BJP leader R.P. Singh expressed his doubts over party showing door to Kumar Vishwas, following his splurt.
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“Kumar Vishwas has realised it late but what he has said is correct. The EVMs are not faulty, but the leadership is. The questions, which he has raised, are right. I hope they will not show doors to Kumar Vishwas, as they did to Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, for raising such similar genuine questions,” Singh told ANI.
Yesterday, in yet another blow to Kejriwal, his aide Vishwas raised doubts about the former’s ability to win elections and said the party should do soul-searching for the repeated defeats.
He suggested that the party should consider taking drastic steps, including leadership change, if it wants to remain viable in the political arena.
The AAP leader questioned Kejriwal’s defense for losing Punjab elections, Rajouri by-poll, as well as the MCD elections.
He said that Kejriwal’s stand on the surgical strikes was wrong.
He blamed the AAP’s loss in the Punjab election on the party’s wrong decision. He said the party needs ‘radical reforms’.
In the recent past, other AAP leaders like Alka Lamba and Kapil Mishra have also been critical of the party’s views on the poll debacles.