Sacked minister Kapil Mishra says Kejriwal took money; AAP refutes charges
The AAP leader’s accusation comes at a time when Kejriwal is struggling to keep his party together, with several colleagues questioning his style of functioning.delhi Updated: May 07, 2017 17:40 IST
Sacked Delhi minister Kapil Mishra levelled corruption allegations against chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday, including receiving Rs 2 crore from health minister Satyendar Jain for “political reasons”, charges that were refuted by Kejriwal’s deputy Manish Sisodia and which have caused ripples in the embattled AAP.
A day after he was removed as water and tourism minister, Mishra said everyone in the party felt there are 4-5 corrupt people around Kejriwal but believed the AAP chief would correct everything.
“But day before yesterday, I saw Satyender Jain giving Rs 2 crore to Arvind Kejriwal at his home. When I asked Kejriwal what is this, he refused to answer and said in politics there are some things, which I would be told later,” Mishra told reporters at Rajghat.
He also alleged that Jain had earlier told him that he (Jain) had settled a land deal of Rs 50 crore for a relative of Kejriwal. “When I asked Kejriwal about it, he said this is false and I should trust him,” he said.
The AAP leader’s accusation comes at a time when Kejriwal is struggling to keep his party together, with several colleagues questioning his style of functioning.
The top leadership of AAP are at Kejriwal’s residence in a meeting where senior leader Kumar Vishwas is also present. Vishwas is likely to hold a press conference at around 4 pm on Sunday.
“The kind of allegations that have been made against Kejriwal are unsubstantiated. No one will believe them. It is not worth responding to,” Sisodia said.
When asked why he was levelling the allegations only after he was removed as the minister, Mishra said for two years, both Kejriwal and deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said good things but “suddenly now the water condition has become bad”. “They should listen to their old interviews and tell us if they were lying earlier”.
Mishra, who claimed to be the only minister in the cabinet with no corruption allegation against him, said after writing the letter to the ACB on the water tanker scam, he met Kejriwal and told him everything.
“There was an MLA meeting also, but (there was) no talk of removing me as minister. Nobody has told me I have been removed as a minister,” he claimed.
Mishra said he was ready to make a statement before the CBI or ACB if required.
The Congress demanded an FIR against Kejriwal. The party’s Delhi president Ajay Maken told reporters that Mishra’s claims were not mere allegations but testimony of an eyewitness warranting initiation of criminal proceedings against Kejriwal.
The BJP also trained guns on Kejriwal demanding his resignation. “Kejriwal has no moral right to hold the post of chief minister. He must resign immediately,” BJP’s Delhi chief Manoj Tiwari demanded.