Aam Aadmi Party`s troubled trio

By Supriya Jha | Last Updated: Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 08:18

Zee Media Bureau/Supriya Jha

New Delhi: More trouble seems to be in store for Aam Aadmi Party given the criticism being heaped on the trio - Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Law Minister Somnath Bharti and Kumar Vishwas – by leaders across parties.

While Kejriwal continues to be ridiculed by the Congress and the BJP leaders for the sit-in, the chorus of resignation against Somnath Bharti is growing louder with each passing day. The National Commission of Women (NCW) is the latest to have demanded his resignation for his alleged manhandling of African women.
Speaking to a news channel, NCW chief Mamata Sharma said Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal should ask Somnath Bharti to quit over the alleged misbehaviour with Ugandan women.

"The Delhi Commission for Women is dealing with the case. Bharti has been summoned. After the State Commission submits its report, we will take up the case," she added.

Kumar Vishwas, on the other hand, has apologised for his controversial remarks on Malyali nurses, which many protesters are calling as racial slur.

Kejriwal`s `yeda` karma-dharna

Arvind Kejriwal, who started his political journey brilliantly by catapulting to the post of Delhi CM after his party sweeped the Assembly polls with 28 seats, is now on the recieving end of a plethora of negative remarks after he staged a two-day dharna to get five cops suspended.

However, the dharna was called off after the Lieutenant Governor mediated and sent two SHOs on leave.

Not even one month in his chief ministership, Kejriwal has earned a string of tags like anarchist, maoist, populist, and latest in the list - “mad CM”, which was gifted to him by nother than the country`s Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde.

Shinde called him a "yeda" (crazy) CM, regretting that because of his dharna, the leaves of the policemen were cancelled.

Earlier, he had been called anarchist, not once but many times by the leaders across the partylines, slamming him for creating chaos in the capital by staging his sit-in for suspending the police officers, whom AAP called "errant" because they refused to comply with his ministers Somnath Bharti and Rakhi Birla.

Funnily, Finance Minister too dedicated an SMS joke (which someone sent him) to Kejriwal. The joke reads - "Vishnu told Arjun go do your dharma, but he told Kejriwal, go do your dharna."

Chidambaram also suggested Chief Minister Kejriwal to quit, if he didn`t know how to govern.

 "That (dharna on streets) is not governance. That is abdicating governance. If you don`t know how to govern, quit," said Chidambaram.

Fed up with kejriwal`s dharna politics, the opposition BJP, which has called him an anarchist and `maoist without weapon`, is set to protest against the AAP at 14 places across the capital.

Nationalist Congress Party too, joined others in scathing Kejriwal`s AAP calling it an "anap-shanap (nonsense) party. The NCP said that kejriwal stands for `chosen madness".
Kejriwal, a forme tax official, made light of both the remarks when he `accepted` them, saying "Yes, I am an anarchist" (on the day of dharna) and "Yes, I am mad... if to run a government properly is madness".

Somnath Bharti - The Knight of the midnight raid?

Another player of Kejriwal`s Cabinet, Law minister Somnath Bharti created headlines when he had a spat with the police officers who refused his order of raiding a house of two Ugandan women without arrest warrant.

According to the minister, the African women were involved in drugs and sex racket.

However, the African women have now recorded their statement before a magistrate and identified Somnath Bharti as the one who led a midnight raid on their house on the intervening night of Jan 15-16.

Besides calls for his resignation, the minister has now been summoned by Delhi Commission for Women after the complaints made by Ugandan women.

Bharti, an IITian and a law graduate, has also been lambasted for his crude remarks against lawyer Harish Salve and BJP leader Arun Jaitley.

"I want to spit on the faces of BJP leader Arun Jaitley and senior lawyer Harish Salve to tell them to mend their ways..." an agiated Bhart had said in a public meeting on Sunday.

According to a news website report, Congress leaders are set to meet Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung on Thursday and demand police action against him.

Kumar Vishwas - Remarks of past spoil present

AAP leader Kumar Vishwas, who is a reknowned poet and professor of Hindi literature, seems to be in a wrong place, given his nonchalant remarks and poems, he has recited in the past, which can embitter his political present

Today protests were held against him for his controversial "kaali-peeli" remarks used for Malyali nurses in 2008.

Accusing him of spouting racial slur, the protesters asked Kejriwal to act against Vishwas and not to allow him to contest Lok Sabha polls.
Kumar Vishwas, who has now apologised over the matter, is no stranger to such controversies.

Earlier, his remarks on Muharram were considered derogatory to Hazarat Imam Hussain, triggering protests.

A youth named Saif Zafri (a member of Mulayam Singh Youth Brigade) hurled egg on Kumar Vishwas.

Also, in Amethi, from where the AAP leader has decided to contest, in a direct challenge to Rahul Gandhi, Kumar was shown black flags and stones were thrown at his cavalcade.



First Published: Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 04:39

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