As many as half a dozen Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs have reached to Arvind Kejriwal asking him to “focus on governance” in Delhi after the party has seen back to back defeats in state elections and Delhi municipal corporations polls in past few months. They have further asked him to hand over charge of the party’s expansion to AAP leader Kumar Vishwas, who they think is “an able leader” and fit for this responsibility. After the Delhi civic polls, they have conveyed the proposal to Kejriwal and has received a “positive response” from him, reported The Indian Express quoting the MLAs.
Malviya Nagar MLA Somnath Bharti said the Delhi Government is the only thing the party has to show for. Referring to the mandate party received in last Delhi Assembly polls, he said by giving Kejriwal a huge victory in the elections, voters of national capital have entered into “a courtship period with him and the AAP” and it now depends on party’s performance that this “courtship period ends in marriage or not”. This five year of governance will stand as an example for the party, Bharti said and thus, a group of party leaders has raised the issue with Kejriwal that he and deputy CM of Delhi Manish Sisodia should give a complete undivided attention on the Delhi government. As far as expansion is concerned, it should be given to senior leader Kumar Vishwas, added he.
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However, the party leaders have cleared that they are not questioning the leadership but demanding to strengthen what it has in Delhi, reported The Indian Express quoting an AAP MLA, who did not wish to be named.
Kumar Vishwas remained a strong campaigner of AAP in 2015 Delhi Assembly polls but after that has kept distant from the party over the last few elections.