New Delhi: On Sunday, all eyes were on Raj Ghat, where an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader was set to make an ‘expose’ on corruption allegations, something the party has often done in the past to opposition parties. Only this time, it was against other AAP leaders, including Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.

The leader making the charges was Kapil Mishra, the recently-sacked water minister of Delhi, who alleged he had seen state health minister Satyendra Jain give Rs2 crore of illegal cash to Kejriwal. He also claimed that Jain told him he had settled land deals worth Rs50 crore for Kejriwal’s relatives. Officially, AAP has said Mishra’s allegations do not merit a response.

Kapil Mishra, a Kejriwal protege, fitted the bill of being an AAP leader—young (he is just 36), articulate, associated with the founding members since the anti-corruption movement, social activist, strategist and social media savvy. An MLA from Delhi’s Karawal Nagar constituency, Mishra is also the in-charge of tourism, Gurudwara elections and art, culture and languages, apart from water.

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A resident of Delhi, Mishra studied at the prestigious Delhi School of Social Work, and went on to become a policy campaigner, according to the Delhi government website. He has worked with Greenpeace and Amnesty International on public policy. Known in activist circles, Mishra actively took up the cause of cleaning the Yamuna. He is a co-founder of the New Delhi-based youth group called “Youth for Justice".

He has also in the past taken up an issue which the India Against Corruption (IAC) movement also actively raised—the Commonwealth Games, 2010. He has also raised environmental issues as well as violation of labour laws related to the games.

Mishra was exposed to politics at young age and is known to have worked actively in Karawal Nagar where his mother, Annapurna Mishra, a former Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) mayor, was a leader. He went on to join IAC and eventually AAP. He contested the 2013 assembly elections but lost. In 2015, he won with a margin of more than 44,000 votes.

During his stint as a minister, Mishra had also prepared a report against former Delhi chief minister and Congress leader Sheila Dikshit over the alleged water tanker scam. On Sunday, among other allegations, Mishra claimed that he was yet to be informed about his sacking as a minister and blamed Kejriwal for taking a ‘unilateral’ decision.

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