By Satya Prakash Sud
It is well known that Kumar Vishwas is having very friendly relations with Manoj Tiwari of BJP. Kumar Vishwas is a poet of no mean calibre and the renditioning of his poems is indeed quite good. He also is a competent compere at poetic sessions in India and abroad.
Manoj Tiwari is also essentially a poet, singer and actor though in Bhojpuri (a dialect of Hindi). Before joining BJP, Manoj Tiwari had joined the Samajwadi Party and also contested election on SP ticket from Gorakhpur, against Yogi Aditya Nath of the BJP. Later he drifted to the BJP.
The BJP may induct Kumar Vishwas. But its motive would be to put him against Arvind Kejriwal, the AAP Supremo in the state assembly elections to be held in February 2020.
Kumar Vishwas and Arvind Kejriwal were once good friends and Kumar was a tall leader of AAP, and as Kumar himself believed in the same league as Arvind Kejriwal, and Manish Sisodia, and certainly taller than Sanjay Singh.
Three Rajya Sabha seats from Delhi fell vacant and AAP with its 67 seats in a house of 70 could bag all three seats. Kumar Vishwas expected to be nominated to one of the three seats. Sanjay Singh got a nomination for one seat and two remaining seats were given to some money bags. This disappointed Kumar Vishwas. The relations of Arvind Kejriwal and Kumar Vishwas soured after this denial of Rajya Sabha seat. Ultimately Kumar left AAP.
But I would advise Kumar Vishwas to not fall prey to the trap and contest against Arvind Kejriwal. During election campaigning, a lot of unsavoury things are said against rivals. Such utterances could sour their relations even more. Friends know a lot of weak points of each other, which are shared in confidence. During the election campaign, there may be a temptation to score brownie points by revealing some such secrets. To nip such a temptation in bud, Kumar Vishwas would do well not to join BJP and if he joins should not contest against Arvind Kejriwal or even campaign against Arvind Kejriwal.
Now coming to the question. Joining of Kumar Vishwas would not affect the fortunes of BJP for any better. Nor would it at all affect the fortunes of AAP. Taller leaders, than Kumar Vishwas, namely Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan have left AAP. If fortunes of AAP are to be affected it would on the performance of the last 5 years than who joined or left AAP. The public is least concerned about feuds within AAP and why a few left AAP.
(The author is a former Professor of Himachal Pradesh University and currently lives in Bengaluru)