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AAP replaces Vishwas in Rajasthan

Published : Apr 12, 2018, 6:11 am IST
Updated : Apr 12, 2018, 6:11 am IST

He also alleged that he was not getting any kind of support from the leadership for the state polls.

AAP leader Kumar Vishwas. (Photo: PTI/File)
 AAP leader Kumar Vishwas. (Photo: PTI/File)

New Delhi: The political affairs committee (PAC) of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) removed Kumar Vishwas as the party in-charge for the Rajasthan Assembly elections, and appointed its national treasurer Deepak Bajpai as his replacement, saying he was not able to “devote” time in the state.

“Deepak Bajpai will be the in-charge of the Assembly elections in Rajasthan. Kumar Vishwas was not able to devote time for election preparations due to his preoccupations,” AAP national spokesperson Ashutosh said.

Elections in Rajasthan are due later this year.He said the AAP will contest the assembly polls in Rajasthan with full strength.

Mr Vishwas has been openly critical of the AAP leadership especially after he lost out in the Rajya Sabha nominations in January. He recently attacked chief minister Arvind Kejriwal over the former’s apology in defamation cases.

He was made the Rajasthan in-charge last year and was asked to build the organisation in the state.  During the same time, Vishwas crossed swords with the party’s top brass on a host of issues including Rajya Sabha nominations.

He also alleged that he was not getting any kind of support from the leadership for the state polls.

Without naming anyone, the poet-politician, in his characteristic style, tweeted verses today which said that he will not be bogged down by such “conspiracies” and will continue to speak the truth.

Mr Vishwas’ removal was a mere formality as he had stopped working in the state and his replacement is yet another signal of his diminishing clout in the organisation.

Mr Bajpai, the AAP’s national treasurer who is known to be close to Mr Kejriwal, was then deputed to the state. Ashutosh said he has been residing in the state for more than a month and has extensively toured the state.

Forty-four-year-old Mr Bajpai, the AAP’s national treasurer, will prepare the list of candidates for the polls in the state and it will be finalised by the party’s political affairs committee, he said.

Tags: political affairs committee, assembly elections