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Aam Aadmi Party: From grabbing headlines to chasing controversies

Jan 15, 2014 08:43 PM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: From grabbing positive headlines a day to now chasing controversies with each passing hour, the Aam Aadmi Party's tryst with politics since coming to power in Delhi is steadily becoming a contentious one.

A day ago, Vinod Kumar Binny, the AAP MLA from Laxmi Nagar in east Delhi, was busy providing support to colleague Kumar Vishwas in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh. On Wednesday, his entire approach to the party changed.

"AAP has lost direction, muddon se bhatak gaye hain," said Binny, who had incidentally also expressed his anger when he was denied a slot in Delhi Cabinet. He had threatened to expose his own party and has repeated the threat now.

But his party leader and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was unwilling to play ball.

"Pehle wo mantripad ke liye aaye they mere paas. Woh humne mana kar diya. Uske baad bole Lok Sabha ka chunav ladoonga. Mere ghar aaye. Ab party ne decide kiya hai ki sitting MLAs ko MP ka ticket nahi denge," Kejriwal said on Wednesday as the party tried to quell the rebellion.

Binny's outbursts came after danseuse Mallika Sarabhai, also a member of AAP, took on Vishwas for his supposed pro-BJP leanings.

"He compared Modi to lord Shiva. What else do you make out of this Vishwas?," she said. In fact an FIR was filed against Kumar Vishwas for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of Muslims by making objectionable comments on Muharram during a Kavi Sammelan (poets' meet).

Noted lawyer and Kejriwal's close aide Prashant Bhushan's controversial comments for a referendum on withdrawing Army from Kashmir and security forces from Maoist-infested regions of the country have also put the AAP in a spot of bother.

But what's causing immense damage to the party, which is already dreaming of being a prominent factor in Lok Sabha elections, is the manner in which its own leaders ranging from Prashant Bhushan to Vinod Kumar Binny to Mallika Sarabhai are squabbling in public.

AAP, the youngest party, has been bitten by the oldest political bug.