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6 Controversies That Have Put AAP On The Backfoot In Delhi

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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has recently been making news for all the wrong reasons. Call it the internal rift, clash of ideas, blame game or a hunger to rule, the AAP has been undergoing crisis since the time it came to power in Delhi earlier this year.

We bring you six major controversies that the party is still embroiled in:

1. Kumar Vishwas 'illicit relationship' controversy

AAP leader Kumar Vishwas was summoned after an AAP volunteer from Amethi accused him of ignoring her request to clarify on the allegations of "illicit affair" between the two. Sources in the AAP said the poet-turned-politician has decided to defy the summon by the DCW, which had asked him to appear before it at 3 pm on Tuesday. On Monday, he had rejected the allegations. "That woman has mailed me and has clearly called me 'Bhaiya'. I have filed a complaint. What should I do next?" he said.

2. Kejriwal vs Najeeb Jung files debate

Reacting to the blame, Kumar Vishwas said,There has been an ongoing tussle between the Delhi Chief Minister Arvnd Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung regarding the handling of government files. The L-G has directed all ministers and officials of the Delhi government to refer to him all files on various issues as is stipulated under the Constitution. This is not the first time that the AAP government is in confrontation with the L-G. During its first stint, it had tabled the Jan Lokpal Bill in the Assembly without getting Jung's approval.

3. Kejriwal asking for public trial of media

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal demanded public trials of news media in order to expose false news reports. Stating that the matter needed to be taken up if any channel was found airing erroneous content, he declared, "If you see that a particular channel is showing something factually incorrect, then you should raise the issue. "There can be a public trial. There can be 8-10 spots in Delhi where we can collect a group of people and show the erroneous clip. That way we can start a 'janta ka trial'."

4. Law minister Jitender Singh Tomar's 'fake degree' case

Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar has been accused of forging his LLB degree. The minister told Arvidn Kejriwal that the allegation against him was fake and baseless even as Congress and BJP stepped up their demand for his dismissal. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal defended Tomar and called for a "public trial" of the media. "I am not Tomar's relative or friend. I had sought an explanation from Tomar on the controversy. He gave a satisfactory answer and said he wasn't at fault as his degree is genuine," Kejriwal said.

But even as he is facing allegations of fraud and forgery, the ruling AAP government has allowed the 'tainted' leader to make appointments for key legal posts.

5. Gajendra Singh's suicide

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had to apologise for not stopping his speech at a rally where a Rajasthan farmer Gajendra Singh committed suicide in full public glare. Kejriwal admitted that he should not have continued with his speech against the land ordinance after the incident but pointed out that he was to originally speak for an hour but spoke only for 10-15 minutes. "I think that was my mistake. Probably I should not have spoken. If that has hurt anyone's sentiments, I would like to apologise," the AAP founder leader had said. "I am guilty. Blame me," he said. "But please focus on the real issue of the farmers and desist from politicking." Delhi Police accused AAP activists of preventing them from going to the rescue of the victim. The AAP denied this, and instead accused the police of not acting promptly.

6. AAP MLA Jarnail Singh absconding

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had to apologise for not stopping his speech at a rally where a Rajasthan farmer Gajendra Singh committed suicide in full public glare. Kejriwal admitted that he should not have continued with his speech against the land ordinance after the incident but pointed out that he was to originally speak for an hour but spoke only for 10-15 minutes. "I think that was my mistake. Probably I should not have spoken. If that has hurt anyone's sentiments, I would like to apologise," the AAP founder leader had said. "I am guilty. Blame me," he said. "But please focus on the real issue of the farmers and desist from politicking." Delhi Police accused AAP activists of preventing them from going to the rescue of the victim. The AAP denied this, and instead accused the police of not acting promptly.

Aam Aadmi Party MLA Jarnail Singh has been absconding after being booked for allegedly assaulting MCD engineer and stopping his work. The victim Azhar said the MLA bashed him while he was in Krishna Park to demolish an illegal construction. This has led to protests with the BJP demanding his arrest.

Published: May 05, 2015

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