The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has recently been making headline news for all the wrong reasons and, it doesn’t seem to be ending its controversies anytime soon.
Amid the controversy surrounding a sex-tape allegedly involving ex-AAP MLA Sandeep Kumar, fresh trouble is brewing for the Kejriwal camp as a Punjab MLA accused other AAP leaders in poll-bound Punjab of exploiting women in return for election candidature”.
Sandeep Kumar was arrested late on Saturday, hours after a woman alleged that he had drugged and raped her a year ago.
Punjab AAP Leaders ‘Exploiting Women’
Punjab AAP MLA Colonel Devinder Sehrawat shot off a letter to AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal claiming that he has received “disturbing reports” of women being “exploited” in Punjab with promises of election tickets from the party.
On August 26, Punjab convener, Sucha Singh Chhotepur, was also removed from his post after allegations of seeking bribe for party tickets were leveled against him.
“If someone exploits women for tickets then nothing can be more wrong. If the leadership is not doing anything, then somewhere they are also involved. It is not acceptable that four people will rule the country and the party,” Sehrawat wrote.
“I appeal to Kejriwal to clear the stand of the party. If someone does this kind of activity, then he should be removed from the party,” he added.
Sehrawat also wrote to social activist Anna Hazare. He accused ministers and party conveners to be involved in cases of “moral turpitude” because of which he has to face uncomfortable questions from his voters. “The internal differences in the party are making it more difficult”, wrote Sehrawat.
Sandeep Kumar and The Sex-tape
Former AAP minister Sandeep Kumar, who handled the Women and Child Welfare ministry in Delhi government, was arrested on Saturday, after a woman alleged that he had drugged and raped her around a year ago.
Before his arrest, a CD allegedly showing him in a compromising position with two women had kicked off controversy. Minutes after the video surfaced in media and social networking sites, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had announced the removal of Kumar as minister and later, he was also suspended from the party.
A delegation of Delhi BJP leaders on Thursday met Delhi Police commissioner Alok Kumar Verma and lodged a complaint against the sacked AAP minister, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, accusing them of “misusing their public authority against women”.
Ashutosh and His Blog
Journalist-turn politician Ashutosh has also courted controversy by comparing the tainted ex-Minister Sandeep Kumar with Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru in a blog, for which he also faced flak from rival political parties.
“Indian history is full of examples of our leaders and heroes who had lived with their desires beyond social boundaries,” wrote Ashutosh, in his blog.
Ashutosh also questioned the intentions of television news channels that aired the footage of the alleged “objectionable video”. He also pondered why India, as a country, never questioned “its leaders about what they do or have done in their private moments”.
On Monday, Congress protested against the Ashutosh’s blog, and alleged that the party has been exposed by the arrest of Kumar in the sex-tape controversy.
The BJP, terming the blog content as “shameful and inexcusable”, said action must be initiated against him for his derogatory analogy posted and added that AAP chief Kejriwal must apologise to the people.
In Gujarat, BJP activists burnt effigies of Ashutosh in various parts of the state for the analogy. Condemning Ashutosh, the AAP election in-charge of Gujarat, BJP said it “won’t tolerate insult to Mahatma Gandhi.”
Since its inception, the Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party has been stoking controversy after controversy ranging from crisis due to internal rift, to power battle between its chief Kejriwal with Najeeb Jung, to its minister fake degree row. Now, in the latest , the party has been reeling under the accusations of “crime against woman”. What would be its next?