Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislator Sanjeev Jha continued his fast at Jantar Mantar even as sacked minister Kapil Mishra gave up his hunger strike on Monday.
Jha, who is the party’s MLA from Burari, said that he will not end his hunger strike until Mishra proves his allegation that chief minister Arvind Kejriwal took R 2 crore cash from transport minister Satyendar Jain. “I got to know Kapil has ended his fast, but I will not,” he told Hindustan Times.
“My hunger strike will continue until he (Mishra) reveals the time when he went to Kejriwal’s house on May 5.” He alleged Mishra of doing “fake daily exposes” to hide baselessness of the allegation that Kejriwal is corrupt.
When asked if the party leadership has shown support for his protest, Jha, whose fast has entered the fourth day, said that a number of legislators have come to see him, but not Kejriwal or deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia.
“I have not spoken to Kejriwal ji or Sisodia ji in the past three days. They have not called or met me yet, but around 25 MLAs have come here (Jantar Mantar) to show solidarity,” he said.
Jha added that he had last spoken to Kejriwal before he began his hunger strike on May 13. “That time I had called him to inform about my decision (of starting a hunger strike),” he said.
He added that the counter hunger strike was necessary “to prove Kejriwal’s innocence” and also wished that the AAP’s Political Affairs Committee had expelled Mishra instead of suspending him.
On Saturday, Jha and 27 AAP volunteers were detained by the Delhi Police after he tried to stage a sit-in protest outside Mishra’s residence at Civil Lines. “One cannot be allowed to sit on a protest outside somebody’s house. Jha can sit on a hunger strike at his own house, like Mishra is doing,” the police had said after his detention.
After being released later that day, he shifted his protest to Jantar Mantar.