Delhi witnesses another politically charged day with more action on the two issues that have shaken the Capital over the week: corruption allegations against AAP brass by rebel leader Kapil Mishra and AAP’s claims of EVM ‘tampering’.
Sacked AAP minister Kapil Mishra, who has accused Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and minister Satyendar Jain of corrupt practices, approached the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) with “more details in the Water Tanker scam”. Mishra had alleged that Kejriwal had taken Rs 2 crore cash from cabinet colleague Satyendar Jain and that Jain had helped a relative of the CM in reaching land deals. Read: Scams, feuds, controversies: The many troubles of Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP govt
The AAP, meanwhile, pushed its line on the EVMs by holding a protest at the Election Commission office and demanding that ‘doubt’ over reliability of the EVMs must be addressed by forming an all-party panel.
Here are the Live updates:
3pm: How was EVM brought inside the House, asks BJP: “As per the rules, no MLA is permitted to carry any mobile phone, apparatus or electronic gadgets into the House. Taking note of their act and objection raised by the Leader of the Opposition in 2013, the Speaker directed the MLAs to remove their caps, which were prohibited items. Even a glass of water is placed on the table with the permission of the Speaker. It is surprising that an elected member brings an ‘EVM’,” Manish Tiwari said.
2.40pm: “What happened in the assembly on Tuesday was completely unconstitutional. A ‘fake’ man brought a ‘fake machine’ into the House and committed an illegal act ,” said Manoj Tiwari.
2.30pm: BJP says EVM demo violated House rules: Delhi BJP chief said that the party will lodge a complaint with L-G Anil Baijal and demand probe into how an apparatus presented as EVM was taken into the Assembly.
2.18pm: AAP corruption row: ACB officials say they will formally record Kapil Mishra’s statement on Monday.
2.05pm: AAP corruption row: “Have never seen Kejriwal silent in such a way. He is silent because he has lot to hide. ‘Chup chup baithe ho zarur koi baat hai,’” Kapil Mishra said while speaking to a TV channel. Read: Kapil Mishra says Kejriwal has lots to hide, promises more details to ACB on Monday
1.55pm: AAP corruption row: ACB officers said they have taken details from Kapil Mishra and have asked him to come again with more information. Leaving the ACB headquarter after meeting Additional CP Alok Kumar, Mishra said he would go to the ACB again on Monday. “I will go there again at 11am with more details,” he told reporters.
1.44pm: Saurabh Bhardwaj exposé: “We will provide technical expertise to show on camera how votes are rigged. There is a gap of 20 secs between two votes,gives enough time for tampering.”
1.40pm: Saurabh Bhardwaj exposé: “Make a committee with representatives from each party to find out if tampering took place.”
“We will request EC to form a committee to probe discrepancies in recent elections of UP, Uttarakhand, Pune.”
1.37pm: Saurabh Bhardwaj exposé: “Most elections conducted after demonitisation were won by BJP.”
“Have come here to give the answer to the question that have EVMs have been tampered?”
1.32pm: Saurabh Bhardwaj exposé: Cites ‘incidents’ of alleged technical glitches in Dhaulpur and Bhind.
“Two questions in people’s minds: Can EVM machines be tampered and have machines been tampered.”
1.30pm: Ankit Bhardwaj, the man who allegedly attacked sacked AAP minister Kapil Mishra on Wednesday, is a chartered accountant who sidelined his work after getting inspired by Arvind Kejriwal’s politics, says a senior police officer after questioning him. Read: Man who tried to attack Kapil Mishra is a CA, left job to work for AAP
1.25pm: Former Congress MLAs led by Ajay Maken to meet L-G Anil Baijal on EVM issue.
1.20pm: AAP corruption row: Kapil Mishra still inside the ACB office.
1.15pm: AAP’s three demands from EC: Gopal Rai submitted a memorandum to EC demanding that:
1. All elections be held only through VVPAT equipped EVMs
2. 25% polling booths to be randomly selected for tallying votes and
3. Gujarat elections be fought completely through VVPATs
1.05pm: Protesters asked to disperse after the three leaders meet EC and put up their demands. Saurabh Bhardwaj likely to make another disclosure about assembly elections at the party office.
12.50pm: AAP vs EC: “We met EC’s director. Requested him to announce date for EVM ‘hackathon’ in tomorrow’s all-party meeting,” says Rai. Gujarat elections scheduled in December should be conducted fully through VVPAT-equipped EVMs, he adds. Read: VVPAT machines at every polling booth by 2019 general elections says EC
12.45pm: AAP vs EC: Addressing protesters outside EC office, Gopal Rai says EC can’t keep its eyes shut. “SaurabhBhardwaj proved to the country that EVM tampering is possible,” he says.
12.40pm: AAP vs EC: Taking cue from Saurabh Bhardwaj’s ‘demo’ in the assembly on Monday, party workers protest with dummy EVMs. Meeting with Election Commission officials over, Gopal Rai comes out to join protest.
12.35pm: AAP vs EC: AAP workers shout slogans while party leaders Gopal Rai, Alka Lamba and Som Dutt have gone inside the EC office to put forward their demands.
12.25pm: Gallery of AAP leaders at protest: AAP MLAs Alka Lamba, Gopal Rai and Som Dutt arrive at the protest near EC office.
12.15pm: AAP to participate in all-party meet: Gopal Rai said AAP will take party in the all-party meet called by EC on May 12 and decide the next course of action based on its outcome. “Apart from demanding VVPAT-enabled EVMs, we will request the EC that votes registered in EVMs and paper trails of 25% randomly chosen booths be tallied.
12.05pm: AAP corruption row: Kapil Mishra arrives at ACB office to submit more ‘proof’.
11.55am: AAP vs EC: Gopal Rai arrives at the protest site. The party is demanding that VVPAT-equipped voting machines be used in all future elections.
11.45am: AAP vs EC: AAP volunteers shouting slogans “Vote Chori Band Karo” near EC office. Party leaders yet to join Save Democracy protest.
11.35am: AAP vs EC: AAP workers assembling at Patel Chowk metro station for the protest “Save Democracy”. They claim police has cordoned off all roads to the EC office.
11.25am: Shocking how low AAP can stoop, says Manoj Tiwari: “This is shocking and shameful. Every citizen of India has the right to expose corruption. The police must increase Kapil Mishra’s security. I am shocked to see this. There must be an investigation into this,” said Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari.
11.15am: Rai along with Delhi MLAs will protest at the EC office against the alleged irregularities in EVMs. AAP has blamed ‘tampered’ EVMs for its recent poll debacles.
11.05am: Gopal Rai to lead protest: AAP Delhi convener and transport minister Gopal Rai will lead the party’s protest at the Election Commission’s office in central Delhi.
10.53am: We built our own EVM, says AAP: EVM AAP insists that the dummy EVM used in the live demonstration in Delhi assembly was put together by its own team of engineers, amid intense speculation over where the machine had come from. Read: AAP says its own team built replica that was ‘tampered’ with in Delhi assembly
10.43am: Attempts on to pass off lies as truth, says Mishra: In his letter to the CM Kapil Mishra accuses him of attempting to pass off lies as truth, ‘as in the case of EVMs’. He, however, adds that ‘this won’t last for long’. Requests him to make public the details of junkets by leaders.
10.33am: Mishra shoots another letter to CM: In another letter to Arvind Kejriwal, Kapil Mishra informs the CM about attack on him. Mishra claims the attacker was an AAP worker, but attempts were being made to portray him as a BJP man.
10.23am: Another jolt for AAP: Actor-politician Gurpreet Singh Waraich ‘Ghuggi’ resigned from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday, two days after he was replaced as the Punjab unit convener to make way for Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann. Read: Ghuggi quits AAP: ‘Can’t work under Mann, party deviating from principles’
10.13am: Another AAP exposé: AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj will reveal the “truth” behind recent elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Chandigarh at the party office at 1pm.
10.03am: Second day of Mishra’s hunger strike: Mishra says he will continue his protest till the Delhi government give details of the foreign trips undertaken by five close associated of chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, including health minister Satyendar Jain.
9.50am: Kapil Mishra ‘attacked’:A man, who allegedly attempted to attack sacked AAP minister Kapil Mishra at his home at Civil Lines in north Delhi was thrashed by his supporters on Wednesday evening. Read: Man tries to ‘attack’ sacked AAP minister Kapil Mishra, thrashed by supporters
9.40am: AAP says it will hold a protest outside the office of the Election Commission at 11am. The party had on Tuesday organised a ‘demo’ during a special session of the Delhi Assembly to show that EVMs could be ‘tampered’ with. Read: Kejriwal’s AAP shows ‘how to rig EVM’ in Delhi assembly
9.30am: A day after he was attacked by a man, sacked Delhi minister Kapil Mishra said he will go to anti-corruption bureau on Thursday to give more details on the alleged water tanker scam.
9.20am: Mishra says he will continue to sit on hunger strike till the details of ‘junkets’ are released by AAP.
I will continue to sit on hunger strike till details of international travel expenses of five AAP leaders are shared: Kapil Mishra pic.twitter.com/011ika2mk4— ANI (@ANI_news) May 11, 2017
8.15am: Sacked AAP minister Kapil Mishra says he will make important announcement at 9am. Mishra’s hunger-strike has entered second day. He has demanded that the AAP should reveal details of foreign trips by party leaders.
सत्याग्रह का दूसरा दिन, important announcement at 9 am— Kapil Mishra (@KapilMishraAAP) May 11, 2017
The 36-year-old Mishra, who has been suspended from the AAP’s primary membership, has also alleged people close to Kejriwal were threatening him but stressed that he was “not afraid”.
On Wednesday evening, a man allegedly attempted to attack sacked Mishra at his home at Civil Lines in north Delhi. He was caught and thrashed by the former minister’s supporters.
The ousted minister has accused the party seniors of indulging in corrupt activities during the Punjab assembly elections and last month’s Delhi civic polls. He said the AAP’s poll candidates in Punjab had to pay massive sums of money to the party.
He also accused Kejriwal and two of his associates of trying to shield former chief minister Sheila Dikshit of the Congress, who is an accused in the scam.
Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia has termed the allegations untrue and insensitive.
The AAP has alleged that a big conspiracy was being hatched against it by the BJP through Mishra, asserting CM Kejriwal will not resign over the “baseless allegations”.
But the BJP and the Congress have demanded action against the Kejriwal government.