As soon as the Aam Aadmi Party declared its nominees for elections to Delhi Rajya Sabha seats, senior leader Kumar Vishwas went against the chief minister of Delhi, Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, and said that he has been penalized for speaking the truth.
Supporters of Kumar Vishwas had called for a protest demanding that their leader who laid the foundation of AAP be sent to the parliament. But his frequent heat-ups with Mr Kejriwal ruled out the possibility of the poet turned politician going to the parliament.
AAP nominated its senior leader Sanjay Singh, a Delhi-based businessman, Sushil Gupta, and a chartered accountant ND Gupta as its nominees after facing a minimum of seven rejections by famous people it approached, including former RBI chief Raghuram Rajan.
Kumar Vishwas congratulated Kejriwal and the nominees and stated that they would sit where Mr. Vajpayee, Indira Gandhi and others used to sit. He claimed to have been very disappointed with AAP.
He added that his criticisms were his honest opinions and he has been charged for it.
Former AAP leader and Swaraj India founder Yogendra Yadav says he is speechless, shocked and ashamed.
The decision to nominated Mr Sanjay Singh and the other two Guptas was taken at Kejriwal’s residence in a meeting, which was attended by around 56 party leaders this morning. The highest decision making body of AAP, the Political Affairs Committee (PAC) met soon after the nominations and formally endorsed the decision. Kumar Vishwas, who is also a member of the PAC, was absent in the meeting.
January 16 will witness the Rajya Sabha elections for three Delhi seats. AAP with a total of 66 MLAs in Delhi’s 70-member assembly is all geared up to win all three seats; members of a state’s assembly vote in the elections of the upper house of the Parliament.