New Delhi,Aradhna Wal: The tussle between mainstream media and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal finally came to a head on Tuesday, when the Delhi CM announced that he would no longer talk to the media on any matters apart from governance. This step was fuelled by the fairly voyeuristic coverage of the Kumar Vishwas "illicit affair" controversy, where rumours that Vishwas slept with a volunteer and was caught by his wife have been doing the rounds on social media.
BJP Mahila Morcha activists shout slogans and burn effigies of AAP leader Kumar Vishwas in New Delhi, on Tuesday Manit dna
Both Vishwas and the volunteer denied any relationship with each other, and the volunteers' complaint against Vishwas and his wife, to the Delhi Commission for Women, is only to get them to publicly deny these allegations.
In his statement, Kejriwal said that the media's fight was with the party and its politics, it should not involve their children, their wives, their families. He said that for the past few months the media has been trying to bring down the party and the government, and with no option left, AAP was going to stop talking to certain media houses for a few days.
Meanwhile, DCW member, Juhi Khan, also an AAP member, quit the Commission saying that the case against Vishwas was fabricated and he was being framed. She did this quite melodramatically, interrupting the press conference called by the DCW and then walking out in protest. She charged Barkha Singh, DCW chairperson with trying to gain "political mileage" out of the entire affair.
"It is absolutely true that she was acting under political pressure and that is why I resigned, because I cannot work under her. It is a constitutional body and you have to work for everybody. Whether it is any woman from the Aam Aadmi Party or the Congress, we have to work for them," Khan said.
Singh, a member of the Indian National Congress, tried to downplay the entire incident, saying that Khan had not been invited to the press conference and had been sent by AAP to disrupt the proceedings.