Arvind Kejriwal expressed his support for Kumar Vishwas on Twitter. Photograph: (AFP)
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Sunday sought to send a stern message to partymen after some of them criticised senior AAP leader Kumar Vishwas as he had pointed to reasons other than the leadership's claim of tampering of EVMs for the party's recent poll defeats.
Party chief Kejriwal warned them against trying to create a rift between him and his "younger brother" Vishwas, after AAP's Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan alleged earlier today that Vishwas was trying to "usurp" the Aam Aadmi Party and that he harbours ambitions of leading the party.
On Friday, contrary to the party line that EVM rigging was behind AAP's loss in the Punjab Assembly and MCD polls, Vishwas had pointed to reasons other than alleged tampering of electronic voting machines and said there is a communication gap between the top brass and volunteers.
He said AAP was getting "Congressised" to an extent.
Amanatullah Khan, a member of the party's Political Affairs Committee (PAC), its apex decision-making body, also claimed that poet-turned-politician Vishwas has been calling MLAs to his residence and coaxing them to rebel against Kejriwal or to join the BJP.
"Kumar Vishwas is trying to usurp the AAP and break the AAP. He is calling MLAs to his residence and saying that he should be made the party convener. Or else, they (MLAs) can join the BJP, which is ready to pay Rs 30 crore to each MLA. This is what (Swaraj India President and expelled AAP leader) Yogendra Yadav also wants.
"I think this is happening at the behest of the BJP. It has deployed four MLAs to take AAP legislators to Kumar Vishwas' house. This has been confirmed by at least 10 party MLAs," Khan said in a message circulated to the media.
"Yesterday, a minister also convened a meeting of four MLAs," he added.
When contacted Khan did not elaborate on the message and said he will "spill the beans" at an appropriate time.
The message, however, did not go down well with Kejriwal who wrote on Twitter that some people were trying to create a rift between him and Vishwas.
"Kumar is my younger brother. Some people are trying to create a rift between us. Such people are enemies of the party. They should mend their ways. Nobody can separate us," the AAP chief wrote on Twitter.