Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his AAP are in trouble.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) are in trouble. After facing drubbing in the recently concluded MCD elections, fissures within the party have come to the forefront. Kapil Mishra, who was earlier sacked as minister, today went to Anti-Corruption Bureau Headquarters and submitted ‘evidence’ against CM Kejriwal and said he will approach CBI. Earlier he had alleged he was an ‘eyewitness’ to health and PWD minister Satyendar Jain handing over Rs 2 crore to CM Kejriwal.
2:11 pm: Don’t practice the politics of giving clean chit, says Kapil Mishra over AAP leader Sanjay Singh’s allegation.
2:10 pm: Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari has asked Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to either resign or go to jail after a sacked minister hurled corruption charges at him.
2:05 pm: Tiwari referred to the Aam Aadmi Party leader’s May 10, 2013 tweet: “Should people just resign for corruption or should they be sent to jail for corruption?”
2:00 pm: The BJP leader asked Kejriwal to decide his fate. “Either (go to) jail or resign. Please decide Arvind Kejriwalji as being (the) CM of Delhi you can decide for people of Delhi. Only you said it.”
1:56 pm: “Also, I told them how Kejriwal along with his two men affected the tanker scam probe. The government also tried to shield Sheila Dikshit time and again. ACB will call me again for a detailed investigation,” Kapiltold reporters after the meeting.
1:45 pm: Taking a dig at AAP’s humiliating defeat in the recent elections, Union Minister of Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar told the media,” AAP has lost the trust and faith of the people of Delhi and the nation and the latest development has clearly exposed the former.”
1:40 pm: “AAP, who boasts about zero tolerance against corruption are now themselves embroiled in all corruption related controversies,” he added.
1:30 pm: AAP does not need to learn morality from BJP and Congress, says Sanjay Singh.
1:28 pm: AAP leader rejects BJP’s demand for resignation of Arvind Kejriwal, says Sanjay Singh.
1:24 pm: This has been done to choke the voice of the party as it has emerged as opposition to the Centre, says AAP leader Sanjay Singh.
1:18 pm: Kapil Mishra episode is nothing but a dirty game and it is part of larger conspiracy, says AAP leader Sanjay Singh.
12:55 pm: Kapil Mishra has asked for a lie-detector test to check the veracity of his charge. “Let all three of us (Kejriwal, Jain and Mishra) undergo a lie-detector test. It will make clear who is telling the truth and who is lying,” he told reporters.
12:40 pm: Mishra’s remarks came after the Aam Adami Party (AAP) came out in support of Kejriwal, saying the sacked minister’s allegations were “baseless” and that the Chief Minister’s integrity was “unquestionable”.
12:30 pm: “I have furnished all information I had with the ACB officials. I informed them about the misuse of public money and the delay in the inquiry into the matter,” he said. Mishra alleged that Kejriwal and two others — Ashish Talwar and Vibhav Patel — were responsible for the delay in action in the scam.
12:15 pm: The Rs 400-crore water tanker scam involved alleged favouritism in the allotment of contracts to private water tankers to supply water to areas not falling under the Delhi Jal Board’s network during the previous Congress government in Delhi.
12:08 pm: Convener of the Delhi Unit of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Dilip Pandey trashes Kapil Mishra’s allegations, says there are inconsistencies in statements.
12:05 pm: Arvind Kejriwal refuses to comment over the allegations, says Kapil Mishra.
12:04 pm: Former Congress Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was safeguarded, Kapil Mishra says, as per TV reports.
12:00 pm: CM Kejriwal and his aides influenced probe, claims Kapil Mishra.
11:55 am: Kapil Mishra takes evidence to ACB. He has named CM Arvinde Kejriwal in the tanker scam.
11:45 am: I have sought appointment from CBI, says Kapil Mishra, as per TV reports.
11:10 am: Social activist Anna Hazare had said he was pained to see his “former colleague in the anti-corruption crusade” Arvind Kejriwal facing allegations of accepting money.
11:05 am: “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.
11:00 am: Kejriwal had constituted a fact-finding committee to probe the allegations in June, 2015. The report of the committee was submitted to the Delhi government in August, 2015, recommending an FIR against Dikshit.
10:55 am: The then Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung had forwarded the report to the Anti-Corruption Branch which, in turn, had lodged FIRs against both Dikshit and Mishra.
10:51 am: Mishra was inducted as a minister into the seven-member AAP cabinet in February, 2015. He was soon given the additional charge of the Law Department, only to be relieved of the portfolio within a couple of months.
10: 49 am: Across his tenure as a minister, Mishra had repeatedly raked up the issue of an alleged Rs 400-crore water tanker scam, which he claimed involved former Congress chief minister Sheila Dikshit and even “a few people in the AAP government”.
10:48 am: Kapil Mishra (36), who had volunteered for the India Against Corruption (IAC) movement, quickly grew through the ranks and emerged as one of the most promising young turks of the Aam Aadmi Party, with a pronounced right-wing ideological tilt.
10:46 am: Incidentally, his mother Annapurna Mishra is a known face in the Delhi BJP circles.
Mishra also claimed Jain had told him in private conversation that he had ‘settled’ a Rs 50 crore land deal in favour of a relative of the chief minister. The development gave a shot in the arm to BJP and Congress. They have started demanding for Kejriwal’s ouster. AAP, however, stood solidly behind its leader, insisting there was no merit in the allegation and that “even his (Kejriwal’s) enemies will not believe it”. It will be interesting to see how Kejriwal and his party manage to weather-the-storm. And over and above this is the Rs 400 crore water tanker scam simmering in the background.