Is Ashutosh Kumar next to exit AAP?
Ashutosh Kumar, (born 1965), a former Indian TV journalist, has been the trusted lieutenant of Kejriwal over the last 2 years. He acted like an embedded journalist in Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) from IBN7 channel of TV18 group, before deciding the plunge directly into politics. Devoid of any mass-base, Ashutosh is totally dependent on Kejriwal’s goodwill for his meteoric rise in the party.
However, Ashutosh is prone to stupid acts and remarks that have frequently embarrassed his party as well as his supreme leader.
This time Ashutosh seems to have crossed the ethical and legal ‘Laxman Rekha’, by choosing to defend his friend AAP minister Sandeep Kumar claiming the his sexual act caught in the video sting was consensual and that ‘sex is a part of our basic instincts’.
Ashutosh even had the temerity of comparing Sandeep kumar with Mahatma Gandhi and Nehru in his illegal extra-marital sexual liaisons.
Ashutosh wrote in his blog: “Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru’s reported affairs with many female colleagues were juicy gossip but it didn’t spoil his political career. Gandhiji in his later days slept naked with his two nieces to experiment with celibacy.”
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Devendra Singh Sehrawat on Sunday slammed his party colleague Ashutosh for comparing tainted minister Sandeep Kumar with Mahatma Gandhi and urged party supremo Arvind Kejriwal to sack him with immediate effect.
Emphasizing that the AAP entered politics with the message of ‘swaraj’, the MLA said the party has now lost its identity.
“I appeal to Kejriwal to clear the stand of the party. If someone does this kind of activity then he should be removed from the party,” he added.
The AAP leader said that it was extremely shameful on Ashutosh’s part to draw such comparisons merely to defend the tainted ex-Delhi minister.
“To hide their own mistakes, they are bringing Mahatma Gandhi’s name who has given his life for the country. What a shame it is. He should not have written this,” he added.
The AAP, however, later distanced itself from Ashutosh’s views while describing his comments to be personal.