Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal met MLAs of his Aam Aadmi Party and their families at his official residence on Sunday, two days after publicly sacking a minister on corruption charges.
But contrary to speculation, the chief minister did not issue any warning to the legislators and instead asked them to remember why they joined the party.
“It was a meeting where family members were given the chance to talk about their sacrifices and the MLAs spoke about why they had joined the party in the first place. It was about reinforcing our faith in honest politics. There were a number of light moments as well,” said Greater Kailash MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj, who is also the party spokesperson.
Another MLA, on condition of anonymity, said the meeting started with deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia justifying the sacking of environment and food and supplies minister Asim Ahmed Khan who allegedly demanded Rs 6 lakh from a builder to allow illegal construction on a plot in his Matia Mahal constituency. His ouster was announced by Kejriwal at a press conference on Friday where he also played the MLA’s purported conversation with a middleman.
“It was like a party. Manish Sisodia started the meeting with an introductory note on the Asim incident. Families were called as they are affected by all the good and bad done by us,” a legislator said.
All AAP legislators except Khan and Timarpur MLA Pankaj Pushkar -- who said he was not invited – attended the meeting with their families. Former law minister Jitender Tomar, accused of faking his law degree, occupied a seat on Kejriwal’s table. Malviya Nagar MLA Somnath Bharti, who is out on bail in an attempt to murder and domestic violence case filed by his wife, was also present.
“It was an intense discussion about one’s commitment to honest politics and experiences. Party members and their families participated enthusiastically,” Bharti, who is also out on bail, said.
The meeting was yet to end at the time of going to press.
Khan, who on Saturday said he was a victim of internal party politics, could not be reached for comments.