AAP crisis: Kapil Mishra presses on for a probe, party suspends him

Crisis in AAP: The decision to suspend Mishra was taken late on Monday during a meeting of the AAP’s Political Affairs Committee at Arvind Kejriwal’s residence.

Written by Sweta Dutta | New Delhi | Updated: May 9, 2017 8:51 am
AAP, Kapil Mishra, Arvind Kejriwal, Tanker scam, delhi news AAP leader Kapil Mishra (Express Photo By Amit Mehra)

A day after he claimed that he saw Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal accept Rs 2 crore from Cabinet colleague Satyendar Jain, the AAP decided to suspend its former minister and MLA Kapil Mishra from the primary membership of the party.

The decision to suspend Mishra was taken late on Monday during a meeting of the AAP’s Political Affairs Committee at Kejriwal’s residence. Following the decision, the party’s senior leadership came out in defence of Kejriwal and Jain, and accused Mishra of acting “on the behest of BJP”.

Kejriwal, meanwhile, broke his silence on the allegation by posting on his official Twitter account: “Jeet satya ki hogi. Kal Delhi Vidhan Sabha ke vishesh satra se iski shuruat. (The truth will win. The beginning will be from the special assembly session tomorrow).”

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During the special session on Tuesday, Kejriwal and other AAP leaders are likely to make strong statements on the floor of the House regarding the allegations.

Earlier, Mishra stepped up his attack on Kejriwal and Jain, and said that he has handed over to the Anti-Corruption Bureau documents that allegedly contain information on the “misuse of government money” by AAP in a water tanker scam.

Speaking to reporters, Mishra, who was Delhi’s Water Resources Minister until Saturday when he was sacked for alleged mismanagement, said that he would submit the documents to the CBI as well.

Responding to the allegations, AAP leader Sanjay Singh sought to link Mishra to the BJP.

“The game being played through Kapil Mishra is to exploit Kejriwal and AAP. It is part of a larger conspiracy. What Mishra is saying is exactly what the BJP was saying for so many months. It has now become a joke and people are asking that when Kejriwal was taking a bribe, did he call Mishra and ask him to verify the notes? If Mishra did visit the CM residence, it is not something that can be hidden. Why doesn’t he explain what time he went there? Also, which relative’s deal was it?” said Singh.

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Singh also read out from a letter, dated September 24, 2016, which Mishra had purportedly written to the ACB alleging that Kejriwal was being framed by investigators.

“Now Mishra is alleging that Kejriwal was trying to protect (former Delhi chief minister and Congress leader) Sheila Dikshit and her aides in the water tanker scam. But in his letter to the ACB, Mishra had written, ‘As a complainant I can say clearly that your intentions are not right… you are trying to file an FIR against Kejriwal by hook or by crook…. Kejriwal’s name is not mentioned even once in the report… When Sheila Dikshit is the accused, you keep asking questions about Kejriwal’,” Singh alleged.

Mishra hit back by claiming that that he was receiving death threats over his allegations and that the money handed over was allegedly linked to Kejriwal’s brother-in-law.

“Satyendar Jain had personally told me that there was a land deal of Rs 50 crore for a 7-acre plot in Chhatarpur for Kejriwal’s brother-in-law… also, fake bills of Rs 10 crore from the PWD were forged. Whoever raises questions against them (AAP) becomes a BJP and Modi agent… I have fought against BJP, Congress and corruption. I will never join the BJP and I am not in touch with any BJP leader. I challenge all those sitting with Arvind Kejriwal to get proof that I am in touch with the BJP,” Mishra alleged.

Echoing the remarks of some leaders who left the party recently, Mishra claimed that he has been receiving calls and messages from across the country on alleged irregularities within the party.

“Volunteers, IAS officials, people from Punjab are approaching me to share details of irregulaties during the Punjab polls. I am being given details of liquor, money… during the Punjab elections. I have got calls from the US that Sanjay Singh’s relatives were striking deals on tickets for elections,” he alleged.

“Everyone wants to give me information and evidence but they had doubts if I would leave the AAP. I want to assure them that I will never leave the party. I am shaken and shocked by the information I have got. Money was sought for ticket distribution during the municipal polls (in Delhi). I am launching an email id letscleanaap@gmail.com where everyone can send information and evidence,” he said.

Referring directly to the party chief, Mishra said, “The Arvind Kejriwal I worshipped is not this Arvind Kejriwal who is standing by Satyendar Jain. I know he is drawn to the ‘kursi’ (seat of power). Jis din Satyender Jain jail jaenge us din kursi chhodoge ya tab bhi baithe rahoge (Will you leave the chair the day Satyendar Jain goes to jail or will you still cling on)?”

The AAP’s defence followed immediately as Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia stepped out of the PAC meeting to criticise Mishra for levelling “baseless” allegations against Kejriwal’s relative “who died hours ago”.

“He is levelling absurd allegations against a man who was cremated this morning… just two hours after his pyre was lit. It is sad to see that humanity has died… At least, bring some proof,” said Sisodia, referring to the death of a relative of Kejriwal.

Jain, too, broke his silence on the allegations and accused Mishra of lying.

“There is a limit to lying. I can prove in many ways that I wasn’t present at the CM’s residence on Friday, May 5. He has lost his mental balance and is making baseless allegations. Show us papers or proof if it’s true,” he said.

Jain also retweeted a post on an unverified Twitter handle @KejriwalSunita, which read: “My brother in law is no more n this stupid man is speaking all written script without any mind.”

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    CClements
    May 9, 2017 at 11:13 am
    So, what's new in Indian politics where bribing and double dea is the norm. Even Modi was accused of taking a bribe when he was the chief minister of Gujarat. But we hear nothing of it since he became the PM.
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      raj
      May 9, 2017 at 10:49 am
      a "real member" will be with party even in crunch time! AK has to very careful in future with candidates !!! "victory" is just time bound,but party values-idealism are centuries old !!!!
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        TIHAEwale
        May 9, 2017 at 9:36 am
        probe agencies are all with Feku56 but why is it still not able to nail Satyendra so that Akela Arvind also loses moral sheen because otherwise the mango man will think Akela Arvind has also entered the pool it is a matter of time he also throws up his langot in the air like Nitin, Robber Vadra etc. comedy Kapil mishra might have been witness to Satyendra -Akela Arvind cash transaction but only the date was not 5 May 2017 so Kapil mishra might have shot himself if it was any other earlier date because then it means he was also waiting for bone piece which might fall down just like dog sitting in front of butcher shop
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          Shafted mohammed
          May 9, 2017 at 9:35 am
          Kejriwal did the same thing to each and every opponent and created an embrassment to all his opponents. He for the first time got a dose of his own medicine when Kapil mishra did the same to kejriwal. Kejriwal has his credibility damaged severely as he was projected the benchmark of honesty. All in all AAP got a terrible jolt to their credibility.They would see the results in upcoming election when they face the reality.
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            Priyank
            May 9, 2017 at 9:06 am
            Corrupt khujliwal and his aaptard party are done. Only the people of delhi were dumb enough to elect a clown like him
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              rajan
              May 9, 2017 at 7:53 am
              Simply, don't know how bad one feels when controversies of this nature erupt in respect of people who offer a glimmer of hope in the darkness of corruption all around. Kejriwal is the symbol of honest politics in this country; if doubts about him are sown in the minds of the people, who shall the aam Aadmi look up to, with de able politicians swarming all around. Yogendra Yadav has rightly pointed out that nothing short of a solid proof against Kejriwal can convince anyone about the veracity of this allegation. Kapil Mishra too appeared to be once an enthusiastic Crusader but has the tendency to go overboard in trying to reveal the facts. ACB will be too happy to have him in tow yet BJP is the party savoring the controversy in which their enemy no.1is embroiled. Professional life experiences tell that the path of honesty is very arduous & only the Brave can traverse it. Their opponents constantly running a vilification campaign against them like BJP is found doing against AK
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                L bhadrapati Devi
                May 9, 2017 at 8:55 am
                Once Kapil prove in the court of law, Arvind will be a dreaded fraudster. Let us how Kapil prove it the court of law.
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                Lamba
                May 9, 2017 at 7:25 am
                I don't know why he was quite for long time.He should have contacted Concerned Authority/PMO instead of going in Public.
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                  ginololoya
                  May 9, 2017 at 6:59 am
                  Kapil People are with you. Prove the stuff in Court. U will be a hero.
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