The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) party is infamous for supporting anti-national elements—from Tahir Hussain to Umar Khalid to Kanhaiya Kumar to Sharjeel Imam, one would find AAP serenading such elements in some capacity or another. But trying to revive the Khalistan issue is something that comes naturally to the party.
And now, Kumar Vishwas — one of the biggest leaders and founding fathers of AAP, who has been a vocal critic of Kejriwal and his maddening policies has come out with a statement that has taken aback everyone. The sidelined AAP leader has remarked that Kejriwal harboured dreams of becoming the Prime Minister of Khalistan. Yes, you heard it right. Khalistan, not India.
In an interview with ANI on Wednesday (February 16) which was shared by BJP’s IT cell in-charge, Amit Malviya, the poet turned politician can be heard saying that Kejriwal claimed that he would either become Chief Minister of Punjab or will become first Prime Minister of an independent nation (Khalistan).
Kumar said, “Amidst this, a person like him, whom I suggested not take support from the separatists and fringe elements who were linked to the Khalistani movement in the last elections, and he told me not to worry. When I asked him how he would become CM, he told me the formula as well. He is on the same path. Even if he is not on the same path, he will use a puppet to control the government.”
Kumar didn’t stop here and exposed Kejriwal’s skeleton in the closet by iterating, “He even made dangerous statements in front of me that everyone knows in Punjab. One day when I asked him about referendum 2020 that was being funded by ISI and other elements across the world, he told me not to worry. Either I will become Chief Minister of the state or I will become first Prime Minister of an independent nation (Khalistan).”
#WATCH | Poet & former AAP leader Kumar Vishwas alleges AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal was supportive of separatists in Punjab
"One day, he told me he would either become CM (of Punjab) or first PM of an independent nation (Khalistan)," Vishwas says. pic.twitter.com/5ccGs9jNn3
— ANI (@ANI) February 16, 2022
AAP’s meek attempt to arrest the slide
As soon as the video went viral on the realms of social media platforms, BJP leaders started cornering AAP and its egotistical leader. Sensing the sentiment was going against the party, AAP leader Raghav Chaddha came out with a statement that essentially termed Kumar Vishwas a ‘liar’.
Chaddha said, “The malicious, unfounded, fabricated, inflammatory insinuations made by Mr. Vishwas are not only demonstrably defamatory but is redolent of promoting hatred, ill will, hostility in society and in particular against AAP, as well as supporters as also intending to create a situation of unrest,”
Kumar Vishwas through the means of forged and fabricated video with the devious intent to defame and deride Sh Arvind Kejriwal has been circulating/ publising the said videos. pic.twitter.com/L1qMr5yoew
— Raghav Chadha (@raghav_chadha) February 16, 2022
Kejriwal has always been closed to Khalistanis
Those who have followed Kejriwal’s political trajectory closely understand that this is not his first rodeo with the Khalistani cause and the Balkanization of India. As reported by TFI in 2018, Gurcharan Singh, a member of once banned Dal Khalsa claimed that his group campaigned and even funded AAP during the 2017 Punjab state assembly elections.
Gurcharan accepted the same in public during a TV debate with Republic TV’s editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami. When Arnab Goswami asked Gurcharan Singh whether his group funded AAP or not, Gurcharan replied, “Aam Aadmi Party was just a tool. It was a meaningless tool. It is an irrelevant party. Aam Aadmi Party is an irrelevant party brought in Punjab by a rogue. We used the AAP as a tool to expose the political system and Electoral machines. AAP got 90 seats in Punjab. We used them as a tool to expose how fraud the electoral system is in the state.”
AAP got funding from banned Khalistani organisation during Punjab elections pic.twitter.com/rcxn9wn2fj
— Rishi Bagree (@rishibagree) October 4, 2018
Kejriwal slept in the house of Khalistan leader
Kejriwal during the canvassing process in Punjab in 2017 had even stayed in the house of Khalistan Liberation Front (KLF) activist Gurwinder Singh.
It is pertinent to note that Gurwinder is the former chief of KLF and is accused of inciting Sikh-Hindu riots during the years when terrorism was at its peak in Punjab. He was even jailed in cases relating to murder and other heinous crimes.
AAP leaders batting for the Khalistan referendum
As reported by TFI, in 2018 former AAP member of parliament from Patiala, Dharamvir Gandhi in Punjab had come out in support of the Khalistan referendum.
In an objectionable statement inciting susceptible elements, he had stated that people have the democratic and legal right to demand a separate homeland.
Another former senior leader of AAP named Sukhpal Khaira had supported a referendum for Khalistan. Khaira had reportedly remarked, “I support the Sikh referendum 2020 movement as Sikhs have the right to demand justice against atrocities suffered by them”.
Trying to bring the dark ages back
For almost two decades, Punjab suffered the curse of strife and terrorism. The policies of the Congress party and the politics played by the Akalis soaked the fertile soil of the state with the blood of its own people. Kidnappings, murder, and ransom became the everyday ritual of the state.
Terrorists demanded a separate homeland for Sikhs- Khalistan, but the Armed Forces went all out to crush the secessionist forces and eventually succeeded.
However, an entire generation of Punjab was lost in the wanton bloodshed. And just when it looked like normalcy had returned, political parties like AAP have crawled out of their burrow holes, attempting to sow seeds of chaos and anarchy.
Supporting the Khalistan issue is a means to an end for AAP, nothing more, nothing less, and those who believe otherwise should take a good, hard look at the cold facts.