Vishwas is a poet, but he has been tussling with the Aam Aadmi Party leadership over the announcement of nomination for the Rajya Sabha elections and on other issues.
The annual Rashtriya Kavi Sammelan kicks off in capital’s Red Fort park today which will be inaugurated by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. However, the veteran AAP leader and poet Kumar Vishwas will not be seen at the event as he has not been invited. Vishwas is a poet, but he has been tussling with the Aam Aadmi Party leadership over the announcement of nomination for the Rajya Sabha elections and on other issues. However, Kumar Vishwas still holds the important position of party head of Rajasthan’s unit. Yet, him not being invited to the ‘Kavi Sammelan’ highlights the fall from grace of Vishwas in the party.
This year would have marked the third anniversary of Rashtriya Kavi Sammelan in the city. The event has been organised by the Hindi Academy. More than 21 poets from all over India are expected to take part in the event. As per reported by Times of India, a source in Hindi Academy has said, “During the last two events, Vishwas attended the event as chief guest. However, no invitation was given to him this time.” MLAs, ministers and key persons in Delhi government and Aam Aadmi Party are some of the other invitees.
Aam Aadmi Party had announced its Rajya Sabha nominees, which failed to mention the name of AAP leader Kumar Vishwas. In response, he hit back at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal saying that he has been punished for speaking the truth. Vishwas, who was angling for an RS slot, said that it is difficult to survive in the Aam Aadmi Party if one disagrees with Kejriwal. The AAP leader’s comments came as the party nominated Sanjay Singh, Sushil Gupta and N D Gupta as its Rajya Sabha nominees. While Singh has been associated with the party since its inception, Sushil Gupta is a Delhi-based businessman and N D Gupta a chartered accountant who joined the party later.
Following that, AAP’s Delhi convenor Gopal Rai claimed that after the MCD polls in April last year, “there were attempts to bring down the government and Kumar Vishwas was the principal mover and at the centre of those conspiracies”. To which Vishwas choose sarcasm over counter-attack. The poet-politician compared his plotters to Sivagami Devi, a character in the popular film ‘Bahubali’. “Rai has woken up from his ‘Kumbhakarni’ slumber after seven months. Even the party has disowned his allegations. Actually, the Sivagami Devi of this ‘Mahishmati’ (AAP) is someone else,” he said.