The Aam Aadmi Party’s problems appeared to mount on Thursday after rebel MLA Vinod Kumar Binny accused Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of being a “dictator” while being in league with the Congress, particularly East Delhi MP Sandeep Dikshit. He also accused the AAP government of ‘cheating’ the people of Delhi by reneging on its promises.
Mr. Binny’s attack on his leader and the Government came less than 24 hours after Law Minister Somnath Bharti did not cover himself with glory by getting into an argument with Police officers under full public and media glare late on Wednesday night.
Mr. Bharti allegedly tried to “force” the police officers to conduct a raid without warrant at a house, which he claimed was a hub of prostitution and drugs in his constituency, Malviya Nagar.
The police said they would meet Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung and apprise him of the issue.
Compounding the AAP’s problems was Mr Binny’s no-holds barred attack on Mr. Kejriwal. He alleged that the Chief Minister does not tolerate dissent and runs the party by having “closed door” meetings with a coterie of leaders.
Mr. Binny found support from party MLA Surinder Singh, a former National Security Guard commando who battled terrorists in the 26/11 attack in 2008.
“The point Binny raised was right but the way he did it was wrong,” Mr. Singh said, indicating that the dissension in the AAP runs deep.
The party went into damage control mode soon after, refuting Mr. Binny’s allegations. The AAP decided to begin disciplinary action against Mr. Binny, a former Congress corporator, for making “baseless accusations” but ruled out his immediate suspension. AAP leader Yogendra Yadav told reporters that “Binny spoke as if he was reading out notes of the BJP.”