Amid escalating tension within the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) after Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections debacle, Arvind Kejriwal is likely to quit as the national convenor and the position is to be taken over by the Delhi chief Minister’s close aide Kumar Vishwas.

“This party will never be broken. If there is one person who is trying to spread hatred, action will be taken against him. We want him to become the convenor, Kejriwal treats Vishwas as his younger brother. There is nothing wrong if he is made the convenor,” Rajesh Rishi said while speaking to News18.

Meanwhile, BJP has refuted allegations of breaking the party and have affirmed that the AAP is failing to keep the party together. “They can’t hold people together, we are not poaching any of their MLAs,” BJP leader RP Singh said.

This comes after Kejriwal’s close aide Kumar Vishwas asserted that the Delhi Chief Minister should not have attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over surgical strikes and that EVMs were not the reason why the party suffered a humiliating defeat in the MCD polls. He stated they the MCD polls, because not many people came out to vote for them prompting rift in the party. Amanatullah Khan slammed Kumar Vishwas for making such statement and accused him of conspiring against he party.

“Kumar Vishwas called some MLAs and asked them that he should be made the party convenor. The BJP was ready to pay Rs 30 crore to each one of them. I think all this is being done at the behest of the BJP,” IANS quoted Khan as saying.

However, Kejriwal maintained that there was no rift in the party and that Vishwas was like his younger brother.