AAP in crisis: Key highlights on the latest allegations against Kejriwal3 min read . Updated: 08 May 2017, 08:39 PM IST
AAP MLA Kapil Mishra on Monday submitted documents to the ACB to support his allegations of graft against Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. Here are the latest highlights
New Delhi: The crisis within the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) deepened on Monday after Kapil Mishra, the sacked minister in the Arvind Kejriwal government, went submitted ‘evidence’ against the chief minister at the Anti-Corruption Bureau headquarters. Mishra has alleged that he is eyewitness to health and public works department minister Satyendar Jain handing over Rs2 crore to Kejriwal.
Mishra became the fourth AAP minister to be sacked after Jitendra Singh Tomar, Asim Ahmed Khan and Sandeep Kumar, since the AAP stormed to power in 2015.
Here are major updates and latest developments on the AAP crisis:
■ AAP’s political affairs committee suspends Kapil Mishra from the party’s primary membership, amid corruption allegations he levelled against Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. Read more
■ AAP on Monday alleged that a big conspiracy was being hatched against it by the BJP through sacked Delhi minister Kapil Mishra. The AAP said that Mishra was making “baseless" allegations against chief minister Arvind Kejriwal “out of desperation" after being expelled.
Hitting out at the AAP legislator over his allegations of corruption against Kejriwal, AAP leader Sanjay Singh said Mishra had himself written to a letter to the ACB in September last year, saying that under pressure, the anti-graft body was trying to implicate the chief minister in the water tanker scam.
■ AAP legislator Kapil Mishra today submitted documents to the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) to back his allegations that Kejriwal had delayed the probe into a Rs400 crore tanker scam.
Mishra, who was sacked as minister on Saturday, also demanded a lie detector on his allegations that he was an eyewitness to the Rs2 crore exchanging hands between Kejriwal and Jain. He said that a lie detector test be conducted on all three.
Mishra has claimed Jain had told him in a private conversation that he had “settled" a Rs50 crore land deal in favour of a relative of the chief minister.
Mishra further said that he has sought an appointment with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the Rs2 crore allegations.
■ Mishra’s allegations against Kejriwal today brought together warring factions of the party with MLAs, even those who sided with Kumar Vishwas during a recent tussle, closing ranks around the AAP chief. Vishwas himself defended Kejriwal, saying it was “unthinkable" that the chief minister would indulge in any act of corruption or accept bribe.
However, Vishwas demanded that Delhi minister Satyendar Jain explain his position on the charge made by Mishra that he had handed over ₹ two crore to Kejriwal.
Kejriwal’s friends-turned-foes, Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, also appeared sceptical of the allegations, even as they compared the AAP with a “sinking ship".
■ Delhi unit of the BJP demanded immediate resignation of Kejriwal and a probe by multiple agencies including CBI, Income Tax department and the Enforcement Directorate.
Delhi BJP chief met Lt. Governor Anil Baijal and requested him to explore the possibility of “immediately dismissing" the Kejriwal government.
■ Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken also demanded the resignation of Kejriwal, claiming the AAP had “lost its anti- corruption plank".
“Kejriwal has no moral right to continue as chief minister in the wake of the allegations by Mishra. He should step down," Maken told a press conference.
Six ministers of the AAP government, out of a total of seven, who had taken oath to fight against corruption on 14 February 2015 (when the government was formed) have been removed so far. It explains that the party has lost its basic premise of being against corruption, he said.
■ Social activist Anna Hazare on Sunday said he was pained to see his “former colleague in the anti-corruption crusade" Arvind Kejriwal facing allegations of accepting money.
“It is painful for me to see what is going on in the Delhi government. It is disheartening to see my former colleague in the anti-corruption crusade, Kejriwal, facing charges of accepting money," Hazare told reporters at his village Ralegan Siddhi.
■ Youth Congress workers on Sunday staged a protest outside the residence of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal over the corruption allegations levelled against the AAP supremo by sacked Delhi minister Kapil Mishra.
Demanding a CBI probe into the allegations, the outfit said Kejriwal should resign from the post of chief minister pending the investigation.
■ The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Monday demanded the resignation of Kejriwal and also his immediate arrest after he was accused by Mishra of taking Rs2 crore cash illegally.
Terming the “bribery scandal" as an “epoch event" which has “finally uncovered Kejriwal’s real face", SAD general secretary Bikram Singh Majithia said the AAP was being accused of being involved in corruption since long.