NEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party headed by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is once again trapped in a fresh controversy. In yet another incident that shows that not everything is running smooth within the Punjab faction of the party, an audio clip has cropped up in the social media that indicates that AAP MP Bhagwant Mann was annoyed by the functioning of Arvind Kejriwal.
The four-minute audio clip, a telephonic conversation that reportedly has AAP’s MP from Patiala Dharamvir Gandhi and Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann explains that Mann is unhappy with Kejriwal. In the clip, Mann is reportedly heard slamming Kejriwal for not letting the elected representatives to choose their own teams.
Mann in the audio clip could be heard criticizing the party chief for terming local MPs as ‘good for nothing’ and claimed that he won the Lok Sabha polls last year because of his own popularity among people, while AAP played no role in his victory.
“They claim that Dharamvir Gandhi could not win Patiala by-election and Bhagwant Mann keeps cracking jokes. We have won the elections because we are a personality. I am a celebrity for 20 years and people here in Punjab definitely vote for people. They are not like Delhi where people vote for a party,” the voice reported to be that of Mann is heard saying in the clip.
On the other hand, Gandhi has accepted that it was a personal conversation between him and Mann and the clip was probably tapped by some intelligence agencies.
On the contrary, AAP Spokesperson Sanjay Singh speaking on the controversy targeted the Modi government. “Such edited audio & video clips are nothing new. People not interested in all this. Phones of MPs are being tapped by the Modi government,” he said.
First Published | 7 September 2015 3:58 PM