NEW DELHI: The crisis in the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) deepened Saturday with posters appearing outside the party's headquarters alleging that Kumar Vishwas, a national executive member of AAP, was "a friend of the BJP and a traitor".
The posters appeared on the very day that Vishwas, recently appointed as AAP's Rajasthan in-charge, said the party would fight elections in that state on the strength of its real principles, and not on the basis of AAP's recent 'palace politics' run by five-six people.
He played the role of party reformer at a farmers’ convention organised by AAP, vowing that he would ensure that AAP workers adhered to the party's core principles and went back to its ‘basics’.
The posters sought to paint him as a party saboteur. One of them read: "A friend of the BJP, he is not a poet but a traitor. He attacks while in hiding and backstabs. Remove such a traitor." It also "thanked" former AAP Delhi convenor Dilip Pandey for "exposing" Vishwas.
Pandey had recently accused Vishwas of being silent about the BJP's lapses. However, AAP distanced itself from the posters.
"A few suspended workers are trying to divide the party leadership by putting up such posters," AAP's social media in-charge Ankit Lal wrote on Twitter.
Vishwas had earlier blamed a "coterie" around Arvind Kejriwal for the party's recent poll debacles, while distancing himself from the official party line of "manipulation" of electronic voting machines (EVMs).
Infighting in AAP is not new. Kapil Mishra, the former water minister in the AAP governement, had alleged that health minister Satyendra Jain gave Rs. 2 crore “illegal cash” to Kejriwal at the latter’s official residence and helped “fix” land deals worth Rs 50 crore for Kejriwal’s relatives.
He also alleged that the city's health department was witnessing a scam in the purchase of medicines by the Delhi government. Mishra alleged irregularities in purchase of medicines and in payment to suppliers.
The AAP denied the charges levelled by Mishra and suspended him.