“From Dadri to Rohith Vemula’s suicide, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has not left any opportunity to score on caste-based politics. But their conflicting views surfaced when AAP leader Kumar Vishwas spoke against reservation based on caste which was rubbished by party leaders later.”
Causing much embarrassment to AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal and his party senior party leader Kumar Vishwas said on the sidelines of a rally organised in a support of deceased Rohith Vemula that has always been against caste-based reservation.
Conflicting views of Party
AAP is never afraid of playing caste card and the party has always been vociferous in supporting caste-based reservation. But causing major embarrassment to the party and Kejriwal, senior leader Kumar Vishwas said the party instead wanted it to be replaced by reservation for economically backward classes.
Soon after party spokesperson Sanjay Singh stepped in to clarify that these were Vishwas’ personal views and it doesn’t represent party’s stand.
Soon after Vishwas’ statement of caste based reservation policy, the party had to pay a price for that and there was public uproar against the party, which stands committed to the cause of ‘dalits’. Kejriwal was booed by a section of the crowd for the anti-reservation statements made by Vishwas during a rally demanding justice for Vemula at Jantar Mantar in Delhi.
Kejriwal was forced to publicly clarify at least on two occasions that he stood for reservation. He also reiterated his position in a series of tweets.
It is relevant here that written and verbal complaints have been forwarded by party volunteers to the top leadership citing Vishwas as a “constant source of embarrassment”. Such incident further testifies on AAP being hollow & directionless with lack of orientation.