Aam Aadmi Party’s national council meet will take place in Delhi today (Thursday), but the party has not invited its senior leader, Kumar Vishwas, to speak at the event.
All eyes will also be at the likely confrontation between Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Vishwas, who’s upset on AAP’s decision to revoke the suspension of its MLA, Amanatullah Khan.
It was this meeting in 2015, when two founding members of AAP, Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav were expelled from the party. They later launched their own outfit Swaraj India. Vishwas aides say that he feared the current leadership may mete out the same treatment to him because he ‘raised important questions’ over his party’s series of electoral defeats in Goa, Punjab and MCD polls.
The National Council meet that takes place every year will elect members to the party’s highest executive decision-making body, the National Executive (NE). Members of the NE then elect the highest political decision-making body, the Political Affairs Committee (PAC).
Vishwas said that he wanted the AAP leadership to return to basics but ‘it appears they didn’t like that.’ “My name is not in the list of 2 November National Executive meeting. But if workers want me speak, I will do so,” he was quoted by Aaj Tak.
Vishwas said that he was not worried about the Rajya Sabha ticket or Amanatullah adding that on many national issues he had found himself alone within the party.
Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan was suspended by AAP in May this year after he accused senior party leader Kumar Vishwas of being an “RSS-BJP agent”. The suspension was widely seen as a compromise after Vishwas had threatened to quit the party.
Weeks later, another prominent face within the AAP, Dilip Pandey, had questioned Vishwas why the poet-politician was soft on BJP in Rajasthan.
In a tweet, the former convener of Delhi’s AAP unit had asked, “Brother, you profusely abuse Congress supporters, but you say you wouldn’t speak against (Rajasthan chief minister) Vasundhara (Raje Scindia) in Rajasthan? Why this?”