AAP crisis: Kejriwal says truth will prevail, calls special Delhi assembly session; Kapil Mishra suspended from party
Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal, who rose from being an anti-corruption crusader to Delhi chief minister, became the target of a graft charge as his former water minister, Kapil Mishra, accused him of accepting Rs 2 crore from a cabinet colleague.Updated: May 10, 2017 09:50 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
An embattled Arvind Kejriwal tweeted on Monday that truth will prevail after his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) suspended its sacked water minister, Kapil Mishra, who has accused the chief minister of taking Rs 2 crore from a cabinet colleague.
Kejriwal was silent since Mishra questioned his integrity on Sunday and accused him of taking a bribe, shielding people linked to a 2012 water tanker scam, and for being party to a land deal that benefitted a relative.
The chief minister, who came to power two years ago by vowing to root out corruption, tweeted that truth will win and set the agenda for Tuesday’s special assembly session. Fireworks are expected in the day-long session as Mishra and Kejriwal may come face-to-face since the controversy broke out.
The AAP’s political affairs committee (PAC) decided to suspend Mishra on Monday night after he dared the party to sack him.
The 36-year-old Mishra continued his tirade against the party leadership and demanded the removal of health and PWD minister Satyendra Jain, whom he had accused of giving Kejriwal Rs 2 crore.
“I challenge every PAC member to throw me out of the party. The AAP is not the party of four or five persons. It is the people’s party and people will decide who should remain in the AAP,” he challenged before the meeting.
Besides, he alleged people close to Kejriwal were threatening him. “But I am not afraid.”
The former minister alleged that a Rs50-crore deal was arranged for the AAP chief’s brother-in-law. “Satyendra Jain told me that he has arranged a seven-acre land deal in Chattarpur for Kejriwal’s brother-in-law, the Bansal family. Being the PWD minister, he fudged bills up to Rs 10 crore in the department to benefit Kejriwal’s relative,” he alleged.
Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia called the ousted colleagues allegations untrue and insensitive.
“Mishra is levelling false allegations against a man who died today. He doesn’t even have humanity.”
Kejriwal’s wife Sunita tweeted: “My brother in law is no more n this stupid man is speaking all written script without any mind.”
For his part, Jain dismissed the allegations, and sources close to him said he will file a defamation case against Mishra, who has accused him of visiting the chief minister’s home on Friday and giving the money.
Mishra has “lost his mental balance” and was thus “speaking nonsense”, Jain said.
The ousted minister 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 alleged that AAP leader Sanjay Singh was involved in lobbying for overseas funding of the party.
His fresh salvos came after he went to the anti-corruption bureau’s headquarters in New Delhi and apparently submitted an envelope containing his complaint against the AAP leadership over a 2012 water tanker scam.
He 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.
“I told the ACB officials that Kejriwal deliberately delayed the report and public money was misused. Kejriwal along with his two men affected the tanker scam probe. They tried to shield Sheila Dikshit again and again,” he said.
He also dared Kejriwal to resign. “Kejriwal has a weakness for his chair. He does not want to leave his chair. I want to ask Kejriwal if he will resign the day Jain is sent to jail for corruption.”
The opposition BJP and Congress called for Kejriwal’s ouster. The AAP maintained that the allegations are false.
First Published: May 08, 2017 23:27 IST