After being denied a seat in Parliament, senior AAP leader Kumar Vishwas finds that he is being increasingly isolated in the party, with its top brass turning a deaf ear to his plans for an electoral campaign in Rajasthan. A member of the Aam Aadmi Party said Vishwas, party in- charge for Rajasthan, had stopped campaigning in the state because of “lack of support” from the leadership. There had been no response from the party leadership to Vishwas’s demand that a bank account be opened to deposit donation money for the polls and for MLAs to campaign in the state, he said. “Why will people trust Kumar bhai if the central leadership doesn’t support him,” the member asked. The incidents reflect the growing isolation of the leader, who is a part of the all-powerful Political Affairs Committee of the party and an AAP spokesperson, but largely out of the decision-making process. AAP had put him in charge last year of the state which goes to the polls later this year. The camp led by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal no longer trusts Vishwas, said a leader close to the AAP chief, alleging that the rebel leader had sought to engineer a “coup” in the outfit. “He has indulged in acts which can only be dubbed anti- party. He had got far more leeway because of being a senior founder member. But it may not be the case any more,” the leader added. The poet-politician had a close bond of friendship once with Kejriwal and Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia. If Kejriwal took on Modi from Varanasi, Vishwas contested against Congress president Rahul Gandhi from Amethi.
Source: Business Standard