Sacked Delhi minister Kapil Mishra on Sunday accused CM Arvind Kejriwal of accepting Rs 2 crore from Satyendar Jain, who holds the health portfolio, intensifying the infighting in Aam Aadmi Party. (LIVE UPDATES)
Mishra’s charges were not even worth responding to, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said.
Whatever the party position, the accusation comes at a time when Kejriwal is struggling to keep Delhi’s ruling party together, with several colleagues questioning his style of functioning.
The AAP was born out of an anti-corruption movement five years ago. Mishra was a part of it and his sensational charge against Kejriwal will only pile pressure on the chief minister.
Here are five things Mishra told mediapersons on Sunday:
‘Rs 2-crore bribe’
He saw Satyendar Jain give Rs 2 crore to chief minister Arvind Kejriwal at his residence on Friday. When he confronted Kejriwal, the chief minister said things happen in politics and they would talk about it later.
परसो देखा और कल सुबह खुल कर आवाज उठाई। एक दिन का भी इंतज़ार असंभव था।— Kapil Mishra (@KapilMishraAAP) May 7, 2017
‘Rs 50-crore land deal’
Mishra said Jain had also told him that he had “settled” a Rs 50-crore land deal for a relative of Kejriwal. He, however, didn’t offer details about the so-called deal or the charge. Kejriwal told him Jain’s claim was false and he should trust him.
Jain is being investigated by the CBI for alleged money laundering. The senior minister, already battling accusations of nepotism, laundered over Rs 4 crore through a web of shell companies, CBI officials have said.
Mishra later tweeted that the day Jain would be imprisoned, everything he said would come true.
जिस दिन सत्येंद्र जैन जेल जाएंगे, मेरी एक एक बात सच साबित हो जाएगी। चंद दिनों का इंतजार— Kapil Mishra (@KapilMishraAAP) May 7, 2017
साँच को आंच नहीं
L-G in the loop
The Karwal Nagar MLA met Delhi’s lieutenant governor Anil Baijal before he spoke to the media at Rajghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.
He had told the L-G in detail about what he saw at Kejriwal’s residence and would share the information with the Central Bureau of Investigation as well as the Delhi’s anti-corruption bureau.
i have witnessed HIM taking illegal cash.. have shared all details with Lt. Gov.— Kapil Mishra (@KapilMishraAAP) May 7, 2017
चुप रहना असंभव था। कुर्सी क्या प्राण भी जाये तो जाए
Nothing on water tanker scam
Mishra on Saturday had promised an expose on the alleged Rs 400-crore water tanker scam but said little about it to mediapersons.
But he did question the party line on his sacking in a tweet. Until recently, Kejriwal was blaming electronic voting machines for poll defeat and suddenly water became the issue. Why is Kejriwal avoiding media, he said.
कल तक सारी दुनिया को कह रहे थे कि EVM के कारण हारे चुनाव अब अचानक पानी का मुद्दा। मीडिया के सामने आने से क्यों बच रहे है @ArvindKejriwal— Kapil Mishra (@KapilMishraAAP) May 7, 2017
Mishra was removed as his department failed to solve the city’s water woes, the AAP had said. But Mishra said he was asked to go because he had asked Kejriwal to take action in the tanker scandal that alleged took place on the watch of former CM.
AAP war intensifies
Mishra’s charge of corruption against Kejriwal is Round 2 of the infighting plaguing Delhi’s ruling party, still to recover from a round of humiliating poll defeats.
Voices of dissent got louder after party finished a poor second to the BJP in recent civic polls. Senior party leader Kumar Vishwas questioned the party line of blaming EVMS for the poll debacles.
Mishra, who is considered close to Vishwas, said the party should introspect instead of blaming tampering of voting machines for its defeats.
Four days ago, the party managed to placate Vishwas but the truce lies in tatters as another leader has risen in revolt against Kejriwal.