Sacked Delhi water minister Kapil Mishra on Sunday alleged that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) lied about its donation figures to the Election Commission (EC) moments before he fainted and was taken to a hospital. (HIGHLIGHTS)
Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Mishra alleged that the ruling AAP had over Rs 45 crore in its bank account during the financial year of 2013-2014 whereas the party in its declaration to the EC had showed an income of around Rs 9 crore.
He also said that the party accumulated the money through shell companies and was converting black money into white through hawala transactions, all with the knowledge of party convenor and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Alleging massive irregularities in AAP funding, Mishra sought Kejriwal’s resignation “as people close to Kejriwal are involved running these shell companies and he always knew about it”.
“Yeh ab spasht hai ki Kejriwal bhrasht hai (Now its clear that Kejriwal is corrupt)... either he should resign, or I will drag him by his collar to Tihar jail,” Mishra said, before concluding his remarks at the conference.
Mishra, who has been on an indefinite hunger strike since Wednesday, fainted at the press conference before he could share documents he said would prove his allegations.
He was taken to Ram Manohar Lohia hospital, where doctors said he was stable and conscious, but suffered from a “a little weakness and mild dehydration”.
“His vitals are all normal,” an RML doctor said.
The party however dismissed Mishra’s allegations, claiming he was parroting what the BJP voiced voiced just before the 2015 Assembly polls.
“This is the BJP’s ploy to finish AAP. It should stop questioning the credentials of AAP and Arvind Kejriwal as we have ensured all transparency while accepting funds,” senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh said.
Mishra, who was sacked as the water and tourism minister on May 6 and later suspended from the party, has been demanding details on foreign trips of five AAP leaders. He demanded Kejriwal reveal the source of funding for trips of five Sanjay Singh, Ashish Khetan, Raghav Chadhha, Satyendra Jain and Durgesh Pathak in the last two years.