AAP Crisis Averted, Kumar Vishwas Says He Is Not Quitting

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AAP Crisis Averted, Kumar Vishwas Says He Is Not Quitting

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AAP's Manish Sisodia announced that Kumar Vishwas is appointed chief of operations for Rajasthan polls

New Delhi: 

Highlights

  1. AAP leaders reach compromise, Kumar Vishwas not quitting party
  2. Kumar Vishwas will be AAP in-charge in Rajasthan elections
  3. Amanatullah Khan to be suspended from AAP, said Manish Sisodia
Kumar Vishwas attended a meeting of top Aam Aadmi Party leaders this morning and emerged from to say he is not quitting the party. The senior AAP leader's key demand of stronger action against a Delhi legislator who accused him of plotting a coup against party chief Arvind Kejriwal, has been met, said Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.

Mr Vishwas and Mr Sisodia made short speeches to confirm that the latest crisis to hit AAP - which is reeling from three election defeats including the drubbing in the Delhi civic polls last week - has blown over. "We needed talks, that is happening," said Mr Vishwas, thanking "all who stood by me."

Mr Sisodia said Amanatullah Khan, who made allegations against Mr Vishwas earlier this week has been suspended. Also, Mr Sisodia said, Mr Vishwas has been handed charge of building the party cadre in Rajasthan ahead of assembly elections next year. Though Kumar Vishwas, a popular Hindi poet and satirist, is a founder member of AAP he has held no top party posts and has only been responsible for overseas funding so far.
 
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Kumar Vishwas said he will not quit the Aam Aadmi Party.

Mr Sisodia said other responsibilities in the party for Mr Vishwas will be announced later.

An emotional Kumar Vishwas, 46, had on Tuesday evening indicated that he could quit the party. A series of meetings followed that saw Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal reach Mr Vishwas' home in Delhi suburb Ghaziabad close to midnight. It was an intervention after an advance party of leaders like Sanjay Singh and Ashutosh failed to resolve matters and the meeting turned ugly.

"Kumar Vishwas is an integral part of our movement. He has some grudges. We will convince him," Mr Kejriwal, who was accompanied by his deputy Manish Sisodia, said last night. They then left for the Chief Minister's residence on Flagstaff Road, Kumar Vishwas included, to continue discussions.
 
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Manish Sisodia said Amanatullah Khan, who made allegations against Mr Vishwas, has been suspended

At about 1:30 am, Kumar Vishwas, still clearly upset, left Mr Kejriwal's home and met his supporters at his residence till early this morning. The meeting at the chief minister's bungalow continued without Mr Vishwas.

Mr Vishwas has hinted that Amanutullah Khan is a proxy for Sanjay Singh, Ashutosh and other top leaders. After Mr Vishwas told NDTV at the weekend that Mr Kejriwal is surrounded by "yes men" who are misguiding him, Mr Khan had alleged that he was plotting to overthrow Mr Kejriwal and if he failed would join the BJP, taking with him several AAP legislators.

There has been speculation periodically about Mr Vishwas' quitting AAP to join the BJP ever since he had praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi a few years ago. He said yesterday that he feels no need to apologise for praising the PM.

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