Kapil Mishra fires at AAP again, poses nine questions on ministers’ Russia trip to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal
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Kapil Mishra fires at AAP again, poses nine questions on ministers’ Russia trip to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

In a press conference on Sunday, sacked AAP minister Kapil Mishra said it was time to weed out the 4-5 corrupt party members, and demanded to know sources of funding for a party’s foreign trip to Russia.

delhi Updated: May 21, 2017 14:42 IST
Vishal Kant
Vishal Kant
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Exactly a fortnight ago, Kapil Mishra made his first allegation against Arvind Kejriwal and the Aam Aadmi Party, claiming he saw fellow cabinet colleague Satyendar Jain hand the Delhi CM Rs 2 crore.(Ravi Choudhury/HT Photo)

Sacked Delhi water minister Kapil Mishra on Sunday alleged that the Russia tour of AAP leaders Sanjay Singh and Ashutosh was funded by a person related to a company which is facing probe in a Rs 400 crore scam.

Continuing his tirade against the Arvind Kejriwal government and the party which ousted him for “non-performance”, Mishra asked the chief minister whether he knew about the source of the tour’s funding, and why no action was taken against the company after the AAP returned to power.

“I have posed nine questions to Arvind Kejriwal as I got details about one foreign tour of Sanjay Singh and Ashutosh... When will you make details of all foreign tours of AAP leaders public?” Mishra said at a press conference at his residence on Sunday.

He said the firm manufactures and installs high security registration plates in all vehicles in Delhi, the contract for which was awarded by the transport department, and cancelled by the AAP government during its first stint.

The leader said the company was involved in a Rs 400 crore scam, and is now facing an ACB probe.

In a dismissive tone, AAP government spokesperson Nagendar Sharma said Mishra was being misguided about the high security number plate scam, but did not respond to the allegations on the funding of the tour.

After being dumped unceremoniously from Kejriwal cabinet, Mishra had on May 10 started a hunger strike, asking AAP to make public the details of foreign tours of five party leaders: Satyendar Jain, Sanjay Singh, Ashish Khetan, Raghav Chadha and Durgesh Pathak.

However, he ended his fast after six days as he fainted during a press conference.

Sanjay Singh and Raghav Chadha have defended their foreign tours but Kejriwal has chosen to remain silent on Mishra’s allegations against him and the party.

Mishra also called upon former volunteers of India Against Corruption, including ex-AAP leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, to join hands to ensure a ‘Kejriwal-free’ and ‘corruption-free’ Delhi.

“Few people could see through the truth early and left. Few others left after the assembly and MCD elections. I was late to realise the truth... Party ko chhodna nahin chheen’na hai (should not leave but snatch the party). We all have contributed in forming this party. We can’t leave it just dye to 4-5 corrupt people who have hijacked the party,” he said.

Apologising to Yadav and Bhushan, who were booted out of AAP after 2015 assembly elections and went on to float Swaraj India, Mishra said, “I am sorry for my conduct, language and my role in their ouster that I did on the advice of Arvind Kejriwal.”

First Published: May 21, 2017 12:56 IST