With the AAP’s internal bickering turning into a no-holds-barred battle on Saturday, the party’s political opponents lost no time in ridiculing the party for its internal mess.
While the Congress said absolute power has made the AAP “immoral”, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the party should rise above such “immature” politics.
“This new kind of politics which has emerged wherein when a politician talks, the conversation is recorded… I never expected this kind of politics. It is hoped that the party, whom people of Delhi voted with hope, fulfils the promises it made,” he said in Varanasi.
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The Congress too on Saturday launched an attack on the AAP via Twitter, claiming that the AAP’s infighting was “cheapening” the political class.
“Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts AAP (has been) proven today. Can understand power making you indisciplined but have seen it making AAP immoral also. Kejriwal’s abusive utterances demean him and AAP but also cheapen the political class,” party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi tweeted.
Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay said although differences and division within political parties is nothing new, “the way Kejriwal has misused his legislative powers to settle scores with dissidents and to decimate equally popular leaders within the party has given a new experience”.
“The way the dissidents were heckled and beaten (at the AAP National Council meet)… has never been seen before in Delhi,” he said.
Upadhyay said Yadav and Bhushan’s role in building the party is well known. “During the recent Delhi election campaign, Yadav held forte on behalf of the AAP in almost every other TV debate… So when… there is a talk of such leaders stabbing the party… it appears to be a game to politically discredit them,” he said.
Also in line to take a jibe at the AAP was former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah. He said the AAP was becoming more like “older parties”.
Former AAP member and now BJP leader Shazia Ilmi said, “If they (Yadav and Bhushan) indeed wanted to damage the party’s image, they could have done it earlier. Why would they wait till Kejriwal became CM? They were too decent to bring it up before elections. The divisions and factions had begun to occur even when I was there. People like me, Bhushan and Yadav don’t fit in here. We have different world views. They (Kejriwal and his camp) want more of their kind…”
The CPI(M) termed the ongoing tussle in AAP as an internal affair of the party but said the rift should not affect the welfare of the people of Delhi who had voted the party to power.
—With PTI inputs