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With Horror of Disunion Looming overhead, AAP struggles to Unite itself for Upcoming MCD Elections

They are coming to terms with the reality of AAP and if the party wants to save its face, then Kejriwal should correct AAP affairs before more trouble hits the party

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New Delhi, March 31, 2017: The occurrence of MCD elections is set to take place on March 23; Keeping that in the purview with the way things are moving for Aam Aadmi Party, it seems like the AAP’s biggest challenge will not be its counterparts contesting in bypolls, but the party itself. Struggling with internal disintegration, the party saw last week at least two candidates disavowing their loyalty, went hand in hand with other parties.

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On March 27, AAP MLA from Bawana, Ved Parkash, joined the BJP. Parkash even claimed that around 35 AAP legislators may desert the AAP. Parkash also said he was “disillusioned” with the functioning of Kejriwal’s party, even as he had joined it hoping for a change.

On Thursday, Seema Kaushik, vice-president, of AAP women’s wing, joined the Congress. Justifying her decision, Kaushik alleged that committed AAP members were suffering due to corruption by top leaders of the party. On the same day, another AAP MLA from Janakpuri, Rajesh Rishi, surprised many by indirectly taking a dig on AAP through a tweet. “Majhdhaar mein naiyya dole toh manjhi paar lagaye, Manjhi jo nao duboye usey kaun bachaye (If the boat rocks midstream, the rafter takes it ashore. If the rafter sinks the boat who can save it).”

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Explaining why he was dissenting against AAP, Rishi told The Indian Express, “The message is self-explanatory. Sometimes, the emperor is surrounded by sycophants but it is for the emperor to view things clearly. Our party is sinking but the MLAs go unheard. No one takes our calls. Kumar Vishwas is the only person in the party who has the gumption to stand up for the truth. I hope my message will be conveyed now.” Rishi later deleted the tweet, saying he was not quitting AAP.

Next in the row of dissents is another AAP MLA , Colonel Devinder Sehrawat who has voiced his rancor openly, alleging the Party for defaming him among his volunteers. While talking to NewsGram, Sehrawat asserted, “Party is making full attempts to malign my image in front of people. They want me to look bad just because I’m raising my voice against rising tyranny in the party. All of the power has been centralized in the hands of Kejriwal and his few sycophants who want boss around with Kripa of Kejriwal.”

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This is not the first time when voices against AAP leadership have emerged from within the party. But this time, the timing of dissent is really critical. AAP’s performance in recently concluded Punjab and Goa Assembly elections wasn’t up to the mark. The party did manage to save face in Punjab by winning 20 seats out of 117. Before the polls, the party was apparently overconfident of winning Punjab.
With allegations after allegation on the party for corruption, ticket distribution on the behest of financial favors, malfunctions in internal working, immorality, and poor governance have burst the bubble it created on the minds of people. They are coming to terms with the reality of AAP and if the party wants to save its face, then Kejriwal should correct AAP affairs before more trouble hits the party.

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The upcoming MCD elections on April 23 is going to be critical for the survival of AAP. Additionally, for the party, it will allow them to test their waters for 2019 Loksabha elections.

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Saw AAP MLAs Assaulting Chief Secretary, CM’s Advisor Tells Police

The AAP defended by stating that Jain had initially told police that he did not witness any assault and police has threatened Jain to change his statement

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The AAP had denied the charges of assault and said that the Chief Secretary was making allegations at the behest of the BJP. Wikimedia Commons

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s adviser V. K. Jain on Thursday told police that he saw AAP MLAs Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal “physically assaulting” Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, according to Jain’s statement recorded by the Delhi Police.

The AAP defended by stating that Jain had initially told police that he did not witness any assault and police has threatened Jain to change his statement.

On Tuesday, the Chief Secretary had alleged that he was beaten up by the two AAP MLAs in the presence of Kejriwal at the Chief Minister’s residence on Monday night, where he had been called for an emergency meeting.

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Police later arrested Khan and Jarwal and they were sent to judicial custody till Thursday.

According to the Chief Secretary, the Chief Minister’s adviser had called him over the phone and asked him to come to the Chief Minister’s residence for the meeting and Jain was also present there.

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According to the statement, Jain also saw that the Chief Secretary’s spectacles had fallen to the ground and the Chief Secretary picked them up and left the room. Wikimedia Commons

On Thursday, the Delhi Police submitted Jain’s statement at a city court, which said that Jain had gone to the washroom during the meeting and as he came out he saw the two AAP MLAs “physically assaulting” the Chief Secretary.

The statement was recorded under Section 161 of the CrPC, which means that it was recorded in front of the police and not a magistrate.

Sources told IANS that Jain later recorded his statement in front of a magistrate under section 164 of the CrPC.

“The statement under section 164 was later recorded with the magistrate in front a camera, without the presence of police. In that statement also he (Jain) has said that he saw the two MLAs physically assaulting the Chief Secretary,” a police officer privy to the case told IANS.

The officer said that the statement under section 164 has also been submitted to the court.

Jain was first questioned on Wednesday morning and then again on Thursday and his statement was recorded on Thursday.

The change in Jain’s statement that the AAP was referring to was from a “question and answer” with Jain recorded by police after questioning him on Wednesday.

According to a copy of Wednesday’s “question and answer” recorded by police, when asked whether Jain saw the Chief Secretary being manhandled, he replied that he had gone to the washroom in between the meeting and he could not say what happened during that time.

“By putting pressure on him (Jain) throughout the day (Thursday) and by threatening him, police has forced him to change his statement,” AAP MP Sanjay Singh told the media here on Thursday.

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Singh said that the whole issue was a conspiracy to “bring down the Delhi government” and to “defame the AAP”. Wikimedia Commons

 

“How is it that the same Jain who emphatically said yesterday that he witnessed no assault during the entire time that he was present there has now claimed otherwise?” he asked.

Singh said that AAP MLAs were being arrested over an alleged assault of which there was no proof.

“But on the other hand, despite there being video footage of officials assaulting Delhi Cabinet Minister Imran Hussain, there is no action taken against the guilty by the Delhi Police,” the AAP MP said.

The court on Thursday sent the two AAP MLAs, arrested on charges of assaulting the Chief Secretary, to judicial custody for 14 days.

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Orders on the bail pleas of the two AAP MLAs and also on their police custody will be pronounced on Friday.

Meanwhile, scores of Delhi government employees across the city observed a five-minute silence outside their respective offices as a protest against the alleged assault on the Chief Secretary.

The IAS Association said that officers would continue the protest every day, till steps are taken to “ensure safety and dignity” of government staff in the city.

The AAP also hit out at Lt Governor Anil Baijal by stating that he was “working as a BJP agent” and demanded action against those involved in “manhandling and beating up” Hussain and his aide at the Delhi Secretariat on Tuesday. (IANS)