Trouble is brewing within Aam Aadmi Party with another party legislator airing his discontent and cautioning the party chief, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal against “sycophants”. This has come days after Bawana MLA Ved Parkash quit the AAP to join back his erstwhile party BJP.
In a series of tweets, AAP’s Janakpuri MLA Rajesh Rishi resorted to couplets saying a regime nears its end if one relies on sycophants and tagged Kejriwal.
As the developments stoked specutaions, Rishi deleted the tweets and said he was not quitting the party.
“I am with the party since the India Against Corruption days and will not quit the AAP or join any other party,” he said.
Incidentally, Rishi, along with some other MLAs were fielded by the Aam Aadmi Party to take on the BJP and its current state leadership headed by actor-turned-politician and Northeast Delhi MP Manoj Tiwari.
Sources, however, said he was not happy with the ticket distribution in his constituency for the upcoming MCD polls. Some other MLAs are too reportedly unhappy with ticket distribution.
The development is a jolt to the AAP, which is in the middle of preparations to contest its first civic polls in Delhi on April 23 after the disappointing performance in Punjab and Goa assembly polls. The party has thus far been claiming that everything is fine between the leadership and the MLA.
After announcing candidates for MCD polls, the AAP replaced 15 of them, terming it an “internal matter” without giving the reason behind the move.
Earlier last week, AAP’s Bawana MLA had quit the party and attacked the Delhi government, saying it was “being run through laptop” and there is no connect with the ground reality.
Ved Parkash was also learnt to have been upset with the party over ticket distribution. AAP has 65 MLAs in the 70-member Assembly.
(With inputs from the PTI)