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AAP suspends MLA Amanatullah Khan, Vishwas not quitting Party

AAP suspends MLA Amanatullah Khan

New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party today suspended its Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan who had accused senior party leader Kumar Vishwas of being an “RSS-BJP agent”.

Kumar Vishwas attended a meeting of top Aam Aadmi Party leaders this morning and emerged from to say he is not quitting the party. The senior AAP leader’s key demand of stronger action against a Delhi legislator who accused him of plotting a coup against party chief Arvind Kejriwal, has been met, said Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.

Mr Vishwas and Mr Sisodia made short speeches to confirm that the latest crisis to hit AAP – which is reeling from three election defeats including the drubbing in the Delhi civic polls last week – has blown over. “We needed talks, that is happening,” said Mr Vishwas, thanking “all who stood by me.”

The suspension is seen as a compromise after Vishwas had threatened to quit the party.

The AAP has also set up a disciplinary committee to look into the statements made by Khan against Vishwas.

In the party’s Political Affairs Committee meeting which lasted for three hours at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence, a decision was made to give greater responsibility to Vishwas.

“He (Vishwas) will be Rajasthan’s party in-charge as the state goes to polls next year,” Deputy Chief Manish Sisodia told reporters.

The move comes after Vishwas, in a meeting with Kejriwal and senior AAP leaders last night, demanded stern action against Khan who had accused him of being an “RSS-BJP” agent and plotting a coup in the party, sources said.

The Okhla MLA had on Monday resigned from the PAC.

Vishwas had accused Khan of being a “mask” and acting at the behest of a “coterie” surrounding Kejriwal.

After the emotional outburst, Vishwas had threatened to quit the party.

Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had visited the Ghaziabad residence of Vishwas late in the night to pacify him.

The three, along with party leaders Sanjay Singh and Ashutosh, then went to the chief minister’s residence. The meeting continued until late in the night.

–PTI