Growing factionalism within the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) took an interesting turn when the party decided to file a suit for defamation against its lawmaker, Delhi MLA colonel Devinder Sehrawat.
Party leaders leveling charges against each other have become a norm in the factionalism ridden rookie party but the Delhi MLA’s recent allegation against Punjab unit of party has crossed all limits. Col Sehrawat leveled charges of sexual exploitation by few party leaders in Punjab in lieu of party tickets.
Not taking it lightly, party has decided to file a suit for defamation against Col. Sehrawat. Arguably, the first incident when a political party has filed a defamation case against its own party leaders. Defamation case is not something new to AAP and party supremo and Delhi Chief Minister has been slapped with many defamation cases.
Launching a scathing attack against Sehrawat, AAP has rubbished all the allegations as baseless. In a matter of week, this is the second big sex scandal that has rocked the Aam Aadmi Party. Controversy over Delhi cabinet minister Sandeep Kumar had earlier hit headlines who was later arrested on charges of rape on a complaint of a woman who figured in an objectionable video with him.
This time again, party has hit headlines for all the wrong reason. Not just wrong reasons; this has also come at wrong time at wrong place. Ahead of crucial Punjab assembly elections, the allegation by Sehrawat has forced the party in deep muddle, the party, which was already in the back foot.
Standing firmly on his stance, Sehrawat stated that in such sensitive matter it was not possible to produce evidence but he was alarmed with such disturbing reports. He further stated that he did his duty by bringing it out on public domain.
AAP promised to offer alternative and clean politics and tried to position itself as best alternative to mainstream political parties. In stark contrast to all the claims made, AAP itself has proved that lacking any substance, it created noise for all the wrong reasons.