Aam Aadmi Party is facing one of the worst times in its short life these days. Since Delhi MCD elections, the party has been rocked by several controversies and accusations. While senior party leader Kumar Vishwas’s attacks on the party sparked fears that AAP may be divided soon, several allegations against the party and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal by sacked AAP MLA and Delhi minister Kapil Mishra have raised questions over the credibility of the young party.
Mishra also staged a six-day fast, ending it on-May 15, as a mark of protest against Kejriwal and AAP after the party refused to disclose details of foreign travel of five AAP leaders. In its defence, the party has claimed that Mishra is working according to a political conspiracy hatched by the BJP against AAP and Kejriwal. However, it seems there is no end to AAP controversy. Here we take a look at all the allegations made by Mishra and the defence put out by AAP and Kejriwal:
Kapil Mishra’s allegations against AAP, Arvind Kejriwal
- Mishra first alleged that he had seen Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain giving Rs 2 crore to Kejriwal.
- Mishra has also alleged that Satyendar Jain had settled land deals worth Rs 50 crore for Kejriwal’s late brother-in-law.
- Mishra has questioned the foreign travel of five AAP leaders — Satyendra Jain, Raghav Chadha, Sanjay Singh, Durgesh Pathak and Ashish Khetan — and sought details from the party.
- Mishra has accused AAP leaders including Kejriwal of influencing the probe into alleged Delhi Water Tanker Scam worth Rs 400 crore. The scam is about the irregularities in the allotment of contracts to private water tankers during Congress regime to provide water in areas that did not fall under Delhi Jal Board’s network. After coming to power in Delhi, AAP government had appointed a five-member fact-finding committee to probe into the irregularities – headed by Kapil Mishra. The panel report pointed out the Rs 400-crore scam in 2012 by the then Sheila Dikshit government.
- Mishra has accused Kejriwal of money laundering via shell companies. In a press conference, Mishra had said AAP received crores of rupees from shell companies being run by people close to Kejriwal. There were also discrepancies in the money received by AAP and the amount declared by the party before the Election Commission.
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— Kapil Mishra (@KapilMishraAAP) May 10, 2017
- Mishra has claimed that a network of 16 shell companies has donated crores of rupees to AAP. Alleging that over Rs 70 crore were laundered on the same day and time in January 2014, Mishra has also put out two cheques of Rs 35 crore each in the public domain to substantiate his claim.
- Mishra has also accused Kejriwal of hiding money from the Income Tax department and the Delhi CM had attempted to convert Black money into white during demonetisation.
- On May 19, Mishra said that Kejriwal opposed demonetisation as it threatened to stop his money laundering attempts. He claims that Kejriwal’s men hoard black money and they were being raided by probe agencies. Mishra also accused Axis bank of helping AAP in money laundering. He said that not just Kejriwal, but several other AAP leaders were involved in illegal transfer of money to AAP’s accounts.
- Mukesh Kumar, a Delhi-based businessman who claimed to have donated Rs 2 crore to AAP, was a mask for “proclaimed black money offenders”. Within 10 days of coming to power in 2013, Delhi government had sent a notice to Mukesh for not paying VAT but soon after that the businessman donated Rs 2 crore to AAP, Mishra has alleged and asked why Kejriwal and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia didn’t act against him.
- On May 8, Mishra accused AAP of using the money, alcohol, and women as bribes during the ticket allocation for the recently-concluded Punjab Assembly elections. He also said that AAP was involved in money laundering during Delhi MCD elections.
- AAP has claimed that Kapil Mishra’s allegations are false and BJP was behind him.
- On May 15, AAP said party leaders had either funded their own foreign trips or they were invited by other governments.
- The cheques produced by Mishra to prove money laundering were ‘fabricated’.
- The party asked Mishra to come out with time and details of his visit to Kejriwal’s residence when he had allegedly seen Jain giving Rs 2 crore to the CM.
- Addressing party leaders on Sunday, Kejriwal broke his silence on the allegations against him and his party. “Our movement faced a big attack in last few days. This is good news because this suggests that we are a bigger threat to them. People are asking why am I not responding to the charges. Why should I respond to such wild charges? People are not believing in these allegations and neither are my opponents. Had even one of the allegations leveled against me were true, I would have been in jail by now,” AAP’s official Twitter handle posted quoting Kejriwal.
- On May 14, AAP leader Sanjay Singh asked BJP to stop defaming Kejriwal and fight against AAP from the front, not with a conspiracy from behind.
- On May 13, Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia had alleged that Mishra’s fast was sponsored by the BJP. The statement came soon after AAP MLA Sanjeev Jha was detailed by Delhi police while he was proceeding to stage a fast outside Mishra’s house. “On one hand, Sanjeev Jha is picked up by police, while on the other, a BJP-sponsored fast is being held that is being provided police protection and other safeguards,” Sisodia told reporters.
- Hitting out at Mishra’s demand for details of party leaders’ foreign travel, AAP’s Sanjay Singh released pictures of his tours to Russia, US and Nepal on May 11, asking many politicians go on foreign trips but why only AAP leaders were being asked for details. (With agency inputs)