New Delhi: AAP leader Kumar Vishwas and his wife have been summoned by Delhi Commission for Women after a party volunteer approached it claiming that “false rumours” of his having illicit relationship with her were ruining her reputation and that he should come forward to clarify.
The woman claimed that she had also written separate letters to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Police Commissioner apprising them of the same.
She has alleged that Vishwas took no action towards dispelling the “rumours” while Kejriwal did not take note of her complaint.
Clarifying his stand Vishwas said that AAP’s political opponents were indulging in his ‘character assassination’.
“This is only being done to bring us down, but I’ll keep on fighting against such dirty politics, We are not going to be scared. That woman has mailed me, she has clearly written ‘Bhaiya’ I’ve filed a complaint, what should I do next?,” he said.
“It is the same volunteer who has been coming to us for quite some time now. He (Vishwas) should come since the complainant is his own party’s volunteer. Her marriage is falling apart because of him she has alleged,” DCW Chairperson Barkha Singh said.
Vishwas, a member of AAP’s Political Affairs Committee, has been asked to appear before the Commission on Tuesday.
The party came out in defence of Vishwas, who has in the past too courted controversy over his alleged derogatory remarks against women.
“The allegation is totally false and baseless. AAP is being targeted. There is no basis for the allegation. Please spare our families,” AAP leader Sanjay Singh said.
Vishwas, in a series of tweets, has accused the media of playing into the hands of the BJP and of being “extortionist”.
Vishwas said the allegations were false and baseless and part of a defamation campaign against the Aam Aadmi Party by rival parties.
“We will not be affected or frightened away by such attempts to malign us with lies. We will fight till our last breath against political corruption,” the AAP leader said. He said he is yet to receive the notice and will respond appropriately.
Delhi BJP leader Vijendra Gupta said that Vishwas and the Delhi Chief Minister should come forward to clarify. “If he is not clarifying that means there is something fishy…. we are with that woman and will support her,” he said.
Congress leader Ajay Maken said it was a serious complaint and should be looked into.
The woman, who claims to have campaigned for Vishwas in Amethi during the 2014 Lok Sabha election, said, “Just because of this allegation my husband has left me. I have two kids. I come from a middle class family where they feel that since Kumar Vishwas is AAP spokesperson and a known face, maybe there was something between the two.
“I am unable to explain. That’s why I want Kumar Vishwas to speak on this but he is not doing so. That’s why I had to go to the Women’s Commission.”
She alleged that she also received a threatening call over her complaint.