Senior AAP functionary Kumar Vishwas has created a stir by uploading a video on Twitter which directly criticizes the AAP government and chief minister Arvind Kejriwal without naming them.
In the course of a 13-minute address to countrymen, in which he spoke on a range of issues – from Kashmir to Pakistan – he has virtually indicted the government for trying to protect its own when they come under the corruption scanner.
“If in Delhi you form a government on the anti-corruption plank with the promise of freedom from corruption and fall silent and try to protect your own people when they come under the scanner, you will be questioned by people,” he says.
The fact that this is preceded by a message to the Centre that when you seek public support in the name of nationalism and win and if those fighting to protect the country are attacked while on duty, then people will question the government and there will be no solace to AAP and its leadership.
However, the party is maintaining its composure in public and has described it as a measure of democracy within. Kejriwal even tweeted the video, describing it as “shaandaar” and one which shakes you up from within.
What could also hurt the party leadership is the seeming equivalence drawn by Kumar between Narendra Modi and Kejriwal.
Reflecting on the state of the nation, Vishwas says: “We clearly don’t appear to be worried as we are too busy pleasing our political bosses. We are only chanting `Modi, Modi…Arvind, Arvind…Rahul, Rahul…faces keep coming before us…India is Indira, Indira is India….Modi raj aa gaya, Yogi raj aa gaya…A K raj aa gaya…we don’t seem to realise that all this is short-lived.
Whether it is Modi, Rahul, Yogi or AK….it is about five years…10 years…25 years…but India is beyond all this and will be there for thousands of years even after we are all gone.”
He asserts that “these governments are not permanent, they come and go….these palaces, PM house, CM house are temporary…so I ask of you all to come out of your nests, your brackets and act.” The video starts with Vish was expressing his anguish over the treatment meted out to the country’s men in uniform who had gone to Kashmir for polling as seen in a video. “I want to ask whether we in this country can stop for some time and think beyond our political parties and flattery of our leaderships.