Amid demands for Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s resignation over alleged graft, Aam Aadmi Party on Monday blamed the BJP and the central government on Monday for the charges leveled by sacked Delhi minister Kapil Mishra saying it was a conspiracy to “silence” the opposition even as the Congress sought the CM’s prosecution.
Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh told the media that Mishra’s allegations had made it clear that he was being used to harass Kejriwal and other ministers in the Delhi government.
“Mishra is now speaking the language of the BJP and Congress. He is saying the same thing the two parties had been saying for months. This makes it clear who is behind all this,” Sanjay Singh said.
On Sunday, Mishra said he had seen Kejriwal accept Rs two crore from health minister Satyendar Jain and also alleged that Jain had facilitated a land deal worth Rs 50 crore for a relative of Kejriwal whom he did not name.
“Making such serious allegations, Mishra did not even feel it important to clarify when the deal was conducted and which relative of Kejriwal was involved,” Singh said.
On Monday, Mishra filed a complaint with the anti-corruption branch (ACB) saying Kejriwal delayed action in the water tanker scam.
Sanjay Singh said it was Mishra who had repeatedly said that Kejriwal “had nothing to do with the scam” and the ACB was under pressure to “frame him by any means possible”.
“The ACB is under the central government. It is the BJP which is behind all this.”
Sanjay Singh said the only priority for the BJP and the central government was to finish off the AAP.
“Our only fault is that we are fighting for the rights of the poor and the marginalized and are raising our voice against the politics of hate. They want to silence our voice.”
He insisted that Kejriwal has “zero tolerance for corruption”.
For its part, the BJP continued to pile up the pressure.
Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari on Monday requested Lt Governor Anil Baijal to examine possibility of “immediately dismissing” Kejriwal and minister Satyendar Jain over graft allegations against them by Mishra.
“Sir, we request you to please examine the possibility of immediately dismissing the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his ministerial colleague Satyendar Jain under the constitutional provisions and report entire matter to the President of India,” Tiwari said in his letter addressed to LG.
The Congress did not lag behind either with the party writing to the Lt. Governor demanding the prosecution of Kejriwal and his ministers on the basis of the Shunglu committee report.
“We demand the sanction of prosecution of Kejriwal and his ministers under the Prevention of Corruption Act, based on the Shunglu committee report,” Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken said at a press conference.
He said that if Baijal failed to accord sanction for prosecution, “we will then feel they (Centre and Baijal) are helping them”.
“We will also go to court if the prosecution sanction is not accorded,” he added.
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Monday said “truth has a habit of coming out” referring to Mishra’s allegations against Kejriwal.
“The thing I like about the truth is that it has a habit of coming out,” said Gandhi on his official Twitter account