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Don't Criticise Party in Media, Arvind Kejriwal Warns MLAs

Later on Monday, the AAP will hold a meeting of its Political Affairs Committee, its top decision-making body, where the Khan-Kumar feud is likely to be discussed.

Subhajit Sengupta, Zeba WarsiSubhajitSG

Updated:May 1, 2017, 12:52 PM IST
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Don't Criticise Party in Media, Arvind Kejriwal Warns MLAs
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New Delhi: Battling speculation of another split in the Aam Aadmi Party, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has ordered AAP MLAs to not make anti-party statements in the media, sources told CNN-News18.

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The warning to lawmakers comes amid rumours of infighting with Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan alleging that Kumar Vishwas was trying to "usurp" the party with hopes of leading it.

"Kumar Vishwas is trying to usurp the AAP and break it. He is calling MLAs to his residence and saying that he should be made the party convener. Or else, they (MLAs) can join the BJP which is ready to pay Rs 30 crore to each MLA,” Khan had said in a message circulated to the media.

The statement prompted Kejriwal to warn party leaders against trying to “create a divide” between him and his "younger brother" Vishwas.

Later on Monday, the AAP will hold a meeting of its Political Affairs Committee, its top decision-making body, where the Khan-Kumar feud is likely to be discussed. But Khan, a member of the PAC, is likely to give it a miss, sources said.

As many as 37 MLAs have written to Kejriwal seeking “strict action” against Khan for speaking against Kumar Vishwas, sources added.

The row was triggered on Friday, when contrary to the party line that tampering of EVMs was behind AAP's loss in the Punjab Assembly and MCD elections, Kumar Vishwas had said there was a communication gap between the top brass and volunteers. He also said AAP was getting "Congressised" to an extent.

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The AAP bagged only 20 seats in the Punjab polls, much below its expectations, and suffered a humiliating in the MCD polls, its home turf.

The party’s Sangrur MP, Bhagwant Mann, had criticised the leadership’s handling of Punjab elections, saying it was managed like a “mohalla cricket match”.



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| Edited by: Swati Sharma
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