Kumar Vishwas defends Delhi CM, says even Kejriwal’s enemies won’t believe charges of corruption
Kumar Vishwas’ comment comes within hours of Kapil Mishra, who was sacked on Saturday as the water minister, alleging that Kejriwal received Rs 2 crore from health minister Satyendar JainUpdated: May 07, 2017 18:23 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Senior Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas came out in support of Arvind Kejriwal and said that even the Delhi chief minister ‘s enemies will not believe the charges of corruption against him.
Vishwas’ statement comes within hours of Kapil Mishra, who was sacked on Saturday as the water minister, alleging that Kejriwal received Rs 2 crore from health minister Satyendar Jain.
“Within the party, we can have arguments and disagreements on various issues with each other. I know Arvind Kejriwal for 12 years and after having worked with him for so long, I can say that I can’t even think Arvind Kejriwal will be corrupt or take a bribe. Even his enemies won’t believe this,” he said.
Vishwas said he has called Jain to explain his position to the political affairs committee (PAC) over allegations of corruption.
“Kejriwal has said this 100 times that he should be removed if he is corrupt. I have called Satyendra Jain and asked him to explain his position in the PAC on whether he is being framed or has there been a mistake. We are ready for an investigation, be it ED or a CBI probe,” he said.
Vishwas and Kejriwal recently hit a bump when MLA Amanatullah Khan accused Vishwas of being a BJP agent. However, Kejriwal suspended Khan from party and made Vishwas in-charge of Rajasthan.
In late night drama, Kejriwal visited Vishwas’ residence to convince him not to leave the party.
Mishra is considered close to Vishwas and fully supported Vishwas during the controversy, seeking disciplinary action against Khan.
Sources in the party said Mishra was sacked because of incompetence. “There were many complaints regarding water situation but we initially asked him to improve but nothing happened. We finally had to remove him,” sources said.
First Published: May 07, 2017 18:10 IST