The party has been facing internal discord in finalising the names of three candidates for Rajya Sabha.
New Delhi: Supporters of Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas created a ruckus outside the party headquarters in the city on Thursday demanding that he be given a Rajya Sabha ticket. The situation escalated to a level that the party leaders had to call the police to disperse the nuisance makers. Reportedly, Mr Vishwas’ supporters have arrived from different cities in buses and trains and have sat on a protest outside the AAP office.
Mr Vishwas, however, requested his followers on Twitter to demand for internal transparency, swaraj, and other founding issues within the party rather than batting for an individual.
The party has been facing internal discord in finalising the names of three candidates for Rajya Sabha. The deadline to announce the names of the candidates expires on January 5. However, the party continues to face internal discord on the issue.
Mr Vishwas had expected to be the frontrunner in the race for the Rajya Sabha candidature, but the party has not given him any assurance. There has been an ongoing tiff between AAP supreme Arvind Kejriwal and Mr Vishwas, owing to which the latter fears that he might lose this opportunity.
He has openly expressed his willingness for a candidature in Rajya Sabha. The names of other leaders, such as Ashutosh and Sanjay Singh, have also been considered.
Some of Mr Vishwas’ supporters have also been demanding that he be made a candidate for the bypoll in Ajmer. However, he has not given any response on this.
The party had earlier considered nominating experts, such as former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan, for the Rajya Sabha but he had rejected AAP’s proposal.