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Posters at AAP HQ calls Vishwas ‘betrayer’

| | NEW DELHI | in Sunday Pioneer

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Kumar Vishwas made comments on Saturday suggesting a deepened crisis within the party. Vishwas, who was recently appointed the party's Rajasthan affairs in-charge, underlined a clear-cut remark that he would ensure the workers under him adhered to the AAP's "core principles" and went back to its "basics".

Meanwhile, posters terming Vishwas as a "friend of the BJP" and a "betrayer" who should be "thrown out" of the party came up outside the party headquarters in Rouse Avenue.

"A friend of the BJP, he is not a poet but a traitor. He attacks while in hiding and backstabs. Remove such a traitor," read the posters, which also "thanked" former AAP Delhi convenor Dilip Pandey for "exposing" Vishwas. Pandey had recently accused Vishwas of being "silent" on the "transgressions" of the BJP.

However, the party came out saying it was done by outsiders with intent to create divide within the party.  "A few suspended workers are trying to divide the party leadership by putting up such posters," AAP's social media in-charge Ankit Lal tweeted.

The AAP requested the Delhi Police to take strict action against the unidentified persons who placed posters against Vishwas. "Without our permission these posters were placed in which Dilip Pandey's, (Spokesperson of AAP), name is used with the wrong intent," said the party.

AAP said these posters are placed to create differences in the party. Vishwas briefly attended a farmers' convention organised by the party at the Constitution Club on Saturday.

"We (AAP) did not come into being for these conspiracies and palace politics hatched by five-six people. We are for the causes based on which the party was born at the Ramlila Maidan. The party will fight the Rajasthan polls on its real principles," said Vishwas while speaking to the media.

A few months ago, he had held Delhi Chief Minister and AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal "responsible" for the party's recent poll debacles, while distancing himself from the official stand of the party on electronic voting machines (EVMs). Drawing on characters from the Ramayana, the poet- turned-politician said during every churning, "demons" did show up.




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