New Delhi: Rebel Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas on Friday hit back at his party colleague Gopal Rai for alleging that he was at the "centre" of conspiracies hatched to topple the Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi after the municipal polls.
Speaking to reporters, the poet-politician took a dig at Gopal Rai and said that latter has woken up from a deep slumber seven months after the party's loss in municipal elections in Delhi.
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''You have beaten me but now don't meddle with the remains,'' Kumar Vishwas said.
Vishwas also quoted popular characters from southern actor Prabhas's blockbuster 'Baahubali' while attacking Arvind Kejriwal and other AAP leaders.
Comparing himself to 'Baahubali', he said someone else is the 'Shivagami Devi' (queen) of this Mahishmati kingdom. Here new Kattappas are born every day to kill 'Baahubali'.
The reactions from Kumar Vishwas came a day after he was not named as AAP's Rajya Sabha nominees.
AAP's Delhi convenor Gopal Rai had yesterday claimed that after the MCD polls in April last year, "there were attempts to bring down the government and Kumar Vishwas was the principal mover and at the centre of those conspiracies".
"Most of the meetings in this regard involving a few MLAs were held at his residence. Kapil Mishra was a part of it and later he was removed from the cabinet," he said during a Facebook Live session.
The disgruntled AAP leader had yesterday alleged that he was punished for saying the truth about Kejriwal's decisions and that he accepted his "martyrdom".
During the social media session, Rai referred to a video that Vishwas had released indirectly attacking the Kejriwal government on the issue of corruption.
Rai said that through the video, Vishwas sought to scuttle the AAP's chances in the municipal polls, which the party eventually lost to the BJP.
"He is a person who attacks the party from every possible public platform. Can such a person be sent to the Rajya Sabha?" Rai asked.
Earlier in the day, Vishwas had tweeted that he will never rethink the stance on various issues that he took in the video.
"The voice of this video was, is and will remain on top for me, despite the cost I had to pay recently. I will never compromise on any stand in this video, even if more sacrifices are needed in future, because it's not just me, it's We, The Nation!" he tweeted.
Vishwas had on Wednesday expressed his anger for not being included in Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP's final list of candidates for election to Rajya Sabha.
''Kejriwal had sometimes back said that I won't kill you but I will make a martyr of you,'' the poet-politician had said.
The reactions from Kumar Vishwas came minutes after the party announced the names of Sanjay Singh, Narayan Das Gupta and Sushil Gupta as its nominees for the Rajya Sabha.
The announcement was made by Kejriwal's close associate and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.
Vishwas has reportedly been at odds with the AAP central leadership for some time now - a major reason why he was not considered for the Rajya Sabha.
Delhi sends three members to the Rajya Sabha. Currently, the city-state is being represented by Janardan Dwivedi, Parvez Hashmi, Karan Singh, whose terms end in January next year.
With its brute majority in the 67-member Delhi Legislative Assembly, it won't be much difficult for the party to get its three members elected to the Upper House.
(With Agency Inputs)