AAP clarifies, it wasn’t a private iftar: Amid internal conflict, CM Arvind Kejriwal attends Amanatuallah Iftar

Controversies had begun soon after the MCD elections, when Vishwas spoke in favour of “introspection” — at a time when the party was raking up the issue of faulty EVMs.

Written by Aniruddha Ghosal | New Delhi | Published:June 16, 2017 4:41 am
Kejriwal and Khan at the iftar on Thursday. Oinam Anand

Days after the “loyalty” of Kumar Vishwas was questioned, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal attending an Iftar party hosted by Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan — who had accused Vishwas of being a ‘BJP agent’ and was then suspended — has raised eyebrows within the party. Kejriwal, while speaking at the event held at the Ansari Auditorium at Jamia Millia Islamia University, steered clear of controversies and prayed “for the well-being of all” and for the “destruction” of “communal forces that have raised their heads in the country”. “They say that if you ask for something during this holy month, you get it. Today, I pray to Allah for your health, for your family’s well-being and peace for all. I pray that the communal forces that are once again raising their heads in the country end; and that once again, there is love and peace between communities,” he said.

The party, meanwhile, clarified that the Iftar was hosted by Khan “not privately, but by him as the chairman of the Vidhan Sabha Committee of Minority Welfare”.

However, as one leader explained, “There are many within the party who feel that the scale of the Iftar, the appointment of Khan as the chairman of the committee days after action was initiated against him, make things very clear.”

Controversies had begun soon after the MCD elections, when Vishwas spoke in favour of “introspection” — at a time when the party was raking up the issue of faulty EVMs. Khan had then accused him of being a BJP agent, prompting Vishwas to tender his resignation. Soon after, Kejriwal and the party’s leadership had swung into action to retain Vishwas in the party. Khan was suspended from the party, but soon after, he was appointed the chairman of a panel of the Delhi Assembly — he was made the chairman of the Committee for Minority Welfare and the Special Inquiry Committee of the House.

“Khan’s importance in the party has not gone down. He is a politically significant member of the AAP. Especially now, when the party is under duress. His criticism of Vishwas was against the party line, but there are many who think it is justified,” said a party source.

The challenge, an AAP leader said, was to control damage. “The reality is that Punjab, Goa and MCD results were a setback, and now we are regrouping, ensuring that the morale doesn’t fall. At this time, open factionalism is a problem. We have always been a party that welcomed diverse views. No matter how different the views of Vishwas and Khan are, they are both integral to the party.”

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  1. N
    Naren B
    Jun 16, 2017 at 7:34 pm
    Wearing skull caps and speaking about communalism does not give licence to become secularist. Secularism means keeping away from all religious matters. Kejri is crook of first order.
    1. R
      Jun 16, 2017 at 10:00 pm
      But spending thousands of crores on temples, yatras, kumbh melas, making millions of people lose their livelyhood because a small minority among Hindus want to call an animal their mother. That is secularism.
      1. P
        p M
        Jun 17, 2017 at 9:20 am
        Hinduism is neither your thought nor secularists thought . It preaches sarvejanah sukhinobhavanthu . Do other religions have such words ?
    2. L
      L bhadrapati Devi
      Jun 16, 2017 at 7:30 pm
      Sunil Nungi report se khara Nokningba watli. Arvindi yamna nokningba mini.
      1. D
        Jun 16, 2017 at 6:14 pm
        Shame on these skull cap wearing dhimmis. Kanjarwal is the same man who questioned Batla house encounter asked for proof of surgical strike by India against Porkistan. Votebank politics by knajarwal is to appease muslims.
        1. R
          Jun 16, 2017 at 10:03 pm
          Yeah the surgical strike was supposed to stop infltration but how many attacks have happened on army camps since then? I suppose that in the fact free world bhakts live in where animal is mother everything is good on the border.
          1. P
            p M
            Jun 17, 2017 at 9:21 am
            On your mind to be carried out for expressing these thoughts
        2. H
          Jun 16, 2017 at 11:46 am
          Well, a Muslim obviously prays to allah.
          1. d
            Jun 16, 2017 at 11:06 am
            Muslimduism thy name is opprtunist Kejri
            1. S
              Jun 16, 2017 at 10:49 am
              What difference does it make. Anyways looks like it is the last sumptuous meal for Kejri before he goes to prison in corruption cases and defamation cases.
              1. S
                Jun 16, 2017 at 10:26 am
                kejri aap is rejected in elections everywhere because kejri sunita aap is money making scam doing organization all r waiting time when kejri will go from delhi as congress has gone from indian politics for doing large no of scams from suresh jaglan israna haryana
                1. K
                  Kejriwal is pakistani
                  Jun 16, 2017 at 7:55 am
                  Kejriwal apni h du ma ko mullo se chu dwa raha hai
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