In a new sudden turn of event, the Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday distanced itself from the comments made by its leader Asutosh in his blog on Friday.
While writing a blog, Asutosh had defended the sacked Delhi minister, Sandeep Kumar, by drawing parallel with Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Delhi’s deputy chief minister, Manish Sisodia, described Asutosh’s comments as his personal opinion.
“Whatever Sandeep Kumar did cannot be defended. And, what all Ashutosh said is his own opinion, but the entire party is clear about Sandeep’s behaviour,” Sisodia said. “If tomorrow allegations are levelled against me, the same actions would be taken against me,” Sisodia was quoted by ANI.
Sisodia confirmed that Kumar had also been suspended from the party.
He added, “A probe is going on against him and whatever Sandeep Kumar did is not acceptable. The entire case has been given to a disciplinary committee and the party will follow the committee’s decision.”
Asutosh’s comments were widely criticised with media questioning the glaring contradictions among the senior AAP leaders. Delhi chief minister had said that Kumar’s act was tantamount to betrayal of AAP values.