<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter on Sunday to play down talks of a rift between him and senior party leader Kumar Vishvas. He wrote on Twitter that Kumar Vishvas was like his younger brother and those who were trying to show a rift between them were enemies of the party. He added that no one could divide the two. Earlier, Vishvas was critical of Kejriwal’s political line of blaming EVMs for the recent electoral reverses. Vishvas , a member of party’s top decision making body, the Political Affairs Committee, had earlier said there has been a “communication gap” between the party, its volunteers and voters, adding that the AAP is getting “Congressionised” to an extent. The poet-turned-politician also differed with party convenor and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over asking proof for surgical strike after the Uri terror attack last year. He said during instances like terror attacks and surgical strikes, political parties should work shoulder-to-shoulder without seeing who is at the helm of affairs. There had been reports that AAP leaders and workers suggesting that Kejriwal should stick to governance in Delhi and let Vishvas lead the political expansion plan.
ALSO READ DNA Micro Edit: Arvind Kejriwal needs to set AAPna house in order”There has been a communication gap between volunteers and the party leadership. We should first decide whom did we start our fight with. (Is it) corruption, the Congress, Narendra Modi or the EVMs?”Should we run a campaign to change electoral process. Problems in the EVMs are a part of elections. It be should be questioned,” Kumar said in an interview to Aaj Tak.
ALSO READ He is doing drama, this is a new stunt: Manoj Tiwari on Arvind Kejriwal’s ‘apology’ The AAP leader said with the poll results it has also become “obvious” that people did not vote for the AAP. “By and large, we could not convey our point to people and there was a big communication gap. We could not convince people about work done by the Delhi government did,” the AAP leader said.The party has suffered a string of defeats since last two months. It performed far below expectations in Punjab, drew a blank in Goa, forfeited its deposit in the Rajouri Garden by- poll and lost miserably in MCD polls.
ALSO READ Arvind Kejriwal accepts mistake – bowing to pressure or genuine course correction?Earlier, Kejriwal gave an apology of sorts on Twitter. Till now the AAP leader had been blaming Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) for the party’s rout in polls. Kejriwal said that based on his interactions with “volunteers and voters”, it was obvious that the party made mistakes and there was a need to go back to the “drawing board”. “Need is action and not excuses,” he said, amid growing clamour in the party to desist from raking up the issue of EVMs being “tampered with” to favour the BJP, an allegation rubbished by the Election Commission.The remarks are part of a brief written statement, shared by the AAP chief on Twitter, three days after the party was defeated by the BJP in the Delhi municipal polls.”In the last two days, I spoke to many volunteers and voters. The reality is obvious. Yes, we made mistakes but we will introspect and course correct. Time to go back to drawing board,” he said.He said it would be “silly” for the party to not evolve. With inputs from agencies