Amid tensions rising within the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) post the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) debacle, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has reportedly issued a directive to the senior leaders of the party asking them to stay away from the media.

According to reports, the AAP leaders have been refrained from speaking to the media and making any statements till they receive another directive. This comes after party leader Amanatullah Khan lashed out at Kumar Vishwas alleging that he was conspiring to the break the party. He further put some serious allegations against Kumar asserting that he had a meeting with the AAP MLA trying to convince them to support him to become the national convenor of the 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.

If reports are to be believed Arvind Kejriwal is willing to make way for Kumar Vishwas as the party convenor to stablilise the party. After AAP suffered a humiliating defeat in the MCD polls, Vishwas affirmed that the Delhi Chief Minister should not have lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over surgical strike and while most of the party members including Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia blamed the EVMs for the MCD loss, Kumar Vishwas asserted that it was not because of the EVMs but because the people did not vote for them.

Kumar’s statement went on to hint a crack developing within the party. However, Kejriwal denied the rumours and stated that Vishwas was like his “younger brother” adding that there was no rift in the party.

Meanwhile, Kejriwal took the blame for the defeat and affirmed that the party needed to work harder and pull themselves up.