AAP defuses crisis, suspends MLA to appease Vishwas

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Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi and Vishwas' childhood buddy, Manish Sisodia told reporters that the Aam Aadmi Party's PAC had chose to suspend Amanatullah Khan from the party.

In keeping with the compromise that the meeting arrived at, a sulking Kumar Vishvas was given more nominal powers and Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan, against whom he was railing, was suspended from the party.

Kumar Vishwas agreed to not quitting the party after he was placated. How is it that he did not think of AAP MLAs and volunteers then... at a time when the police, directed by the BJP, was arresting us and had launched a witch-hunt. Sources said the PAC was holding daily meetings ever since the civic poll loss and the party structure was being closely looked at. A founder member of the AAP, Vishwas is a member of its Political Affairs Committee (PAC), the party's highest decision-making body. Sisodia said that other responsibilities may also be given to Vishwas in the near future.

Asserting that he was not interested to hold the position of chief minister or party president, Vishwas said that he would give reply to the one, who spoke against the nation.

"The party does not belong to Arvind, to me or to Kumar but it belongs to lakhs of workers in India and overseas", Sisodia told reporters at Kejriwal's residence. "There should be zero tolerance against corruption", Mr Vishwas said after coming out of the meeting.

The flurry of developments, a day after Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan resigned from the party's Political Affairs Committee (PAC) over a spat with Vishwas, plunged the poll-battered party into turmoil, nearly reminiscent of the 2015 bitter public spat involving then AAP leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan. Sisodia told reporters that the poet-politician had been given the role of strengthening the party in Rajasthan. Booting out a popular face of AAP is likely to backfire as he brought a large chunk of voters and funds for the party.

Khan was just a "mask" behind which others were "hatching conspiracies" against him.

Kejriwal had earlier defended Vishwas by terming him a "brother".

The MLAs also demanded a probe to ascertain on whose behest Khan made such statements.

"Whenever a need arises for a course correction, we will sit together despite our agreements and disagreements.Amanatullah is not an issue".

It all started after Vishwas slammed party high command following party's back to back poll defeats.

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