The disappointed AAP leader Kumar Vishwas lashed out at the Aam Aadmi Party leadership with his sarcasm for not being nominated to the Rajya Sabha. Soon following the AAP announced three names for the January 16 election, the 47-year-old politician addressed reporters and questioned the decision. “I have been punished for speaking the truth,” Vishwas said.
The poet-turned-politician said, “Whatever be the name of those Guptas nominated, congratulations to Kejriwal and them for the loyal work to AAP! They will now sit where Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Indira Gandhi and other stalwarts once sat.” “(Arvind) Kejriwal ne mujhe muskurate hue kaha tha, maarunga par shaheed nahi hone dunga. Mera nivedan hai ki shav ke saath chhedchhad na karein, ye yudh ka niyam hota hai (A smiling Kejriwal had said that he will kill me, but will not let be a martyr. My request now is to let the dead body be, it’s a rule of war),” Kumar Vishwas said in Hindi.
“I congratulate Arvind today that I accept my martyrdom. Main jaanta hu aap (Kejriwal) ki icchha ke bina hamaare dal mein kuch hota nahi. Aapse asehmat reh ke wahan jeevit rehna mushkil hai (I know that nothing happens in the party without Kejrwal’s wishes. It’s difficult to survive in the party if one disagrees with you),”he added. The AAP named its three Rajya Sabha nominees today from Delhi including party leader Sanjay Singh, businessman Sushil Gupta and chartered accountant ND Gupta. The elections for the three Rajya Sabha seats from Delhi would be held on January 16. The Kejriwal government had earlier offered tickets to several eminent personalities from outside the party, which also included former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan. But he denied the offer.