'Frustrated' AAP needs introspection: BJP

| Updated: May 01, 2017 09:09 IST

New Delhi [India] May 1 (ANI): Mocking the dispute within the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday said an outsider cannot split a party, adding the former's frustration is visible because of the recent loss in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections. "The AAP's loss shows that there is a rift in the party and their frustration is visible. An outsider cannot create a rift in a party. It is the party leader's duty to ensure harmony and strength within the party," BJP leader Shyam Jaju told ANI. He further said that in order to solve the issue, the party should introspect. "Their members are trying to find an alternative to leave the party. They should focus on themselves before blaming others," Jaju added. Meanwhile, Janata Dal (United) national spokesperson K.C. Tyagi said the main motto of the AAP is to portray the BJP as a negative party. "I think this party's loss will not be beneficial for the political arena. I wish for the AAP's unity," he added. This comes after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal yesterday claimed that some people are trying to create a rift between him and senior party leader Kumar Vishwas. "Kumar Vishwas is my younger brother. Some people are trying to showcase a rift between us, such people are the enemy of the party. Nobody can separate us," Kejriwal said in a tweet. Earlier, another party MLA Amanatullah Khan alleged that Vishwas was conspiring to break the party and had asked some legislators to join the BJP with an offer of Rs. 30 crore each. This prompted Kejriwal to say that attempts were being made to create a rift between him and Vishwas. Khan circulated a WhatsApp message saying Vishwas had called some AAP MLAs to his home with the monetary offer at the behest of the BJP. Following the mass exodus and reports of in-fighting within the party, Kejriwal earlier on April 29 struck a note by admitting that the party made some crucial mistakes which led to their heavy defeat in the Delhi's civic polls. Accepting his mistakes, Kejriwal asserted that it's time to get back to work. In yet another blow to Kejriwal, Vishwas raised doubts about the former's ability to win elections and said the party should do soul-searching for the repeated defeats. He suggested that the party should consider taking drastic steps, including leadership change, if it wants to remain viable in the political arena. The AAP leader questioned Kejriwal's defense for losing Punjab elections, Rajouri by-poll, as well as the MCD elections. He said that Kejriwal's stand on the surgical strikes was wrong adding that the party needs 'radical reforms'. In the recent past, other AAP leaders like Alka Lamba and Kapil Mishra have also been critical of the party's views on the poll debacles. (ANI)

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