Former Delhi minister Kapil Mishra was assaulted at the site of his hunger strike on Wednesday. The attacker, identified as Ankit Bhardwaj, was caught by Mishra’s supporters and handed over to the police. Speaking to the media, he accused Mishra of abandoning the Aam Aadmi Party. “Nobody has sent me here, I have come on my own. I am an AAP worker,” Bhardwaj claimed.
Mishra did not comment on whether Bhardwaj is a volunteer of the party, as claimed by him. However, he said the man had threatened to kill him. “The guy came running, put his hands on my neck and said he would kill me. My aides caught hold of him and the police came and whisked him away,” said Mishra.
The AAP has said Bharadwaj has no link with it and is working for the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), the youth wing of the BJP. The BJYM has also denied having any link with Bharadwaj.
Mishra was sacked from the primary membership of the party after he made corruption charges against party’s national convener Arvind Kejirwal. He had earlier said he received death threat after he levelled charges against Kejriwal.
A day after he was removed as the water minister from Delhi cabinet, Mishra had alleged that he had seen health minister giving Rs 2 crore bribe to Kejriwal. The Aam Aadmi Party rejected Mishra’s charges as baseless and suspended his party’s membership.
Mishra, who began his hunger strike on Wednesday morning, has been demanding senior AAP leaders to disclose details of the travel expenses incurred during their foreign trips. “I am sitting on a ‘satyagraha’ till I get a clarification on details of international travel expenses of some senior AAP leaders. It is not a dharna but a satyagraha. I would like to send out a message to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to put out the details of the foreign tours of his five AAP leaders — Satyendra Jain, Ashish Khetan, Raghav Chaddha, Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak in public domain,” Mishra told the media.
Mishra alleged that AAP leaders — Satyendra Jain, Ashish Khetan, Raghav Chaddha, Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak — used “illegal money” to fund their foreign trips. He also claimed that he has been receiving death threats over the phone.