Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal’s one-time mentor Anna Hazare on Sunday said he was “deeply disappointed” by the allegations against the Delhi Chief Minister who is facing a major controversy after a minister claimed to have seen him receiving Rs 2 crore in cash. “Kejriwal became CM due to fight against corruption in Delhi, and the news of allegations on him today is saddening,” Hazare was quoted as saying by ANI. “I feel saddened, entire country looks at us with expectations, such an allegation should be verified. (Dukh hota hai, poora desh aasha se dekh raha hai humari taraf aur hum logon par aisa aarop hona kahan tak sach hai),” Anna Hazare added. Earlier in the day, sacked Delhi minister Kapil Mishra sent shock waves through the capital’s political circles as he accused chief minister Arvind Kejriwal of accepting Rs 2 crore from cabinet minister Satyendar Jain.
However, Aam Aadmi Party said it would prefer to differ. “We respectfully disagree with Anna Hazare,” said the party’s senior leader Ashish Khetan. “I saw with my own eyes Satyendar Jain giving Rs 2 crore in cash to Arvind Kejriwal at his residence. When I asked Kejriwal, he said such things happen in politics and it will be revealed later,” Mishra told a press conference earlier in the day.
Soon after Kapil Mishra’s allegation, deputy CM Manish Sisodia addressed a press conference and called the allegations baseless. Sisodia said, “His allegations are not even worth responding to; they are so absurd and without any facts.” Further justifying Mishra’s sacking from the water minister post, Sisodia said that the decision was taken due to his poor performance.
The entire controversy comes days after a heated tussle had broken out between senior leader Kumar Vishwas and other party leaders after the former had alleged party management of running away from taking the responsibility for poll debacle. After Vishwash’s remarks, party legislator Amanatullah Khan had alleged that he was working at the behest of the Bharatiya Janata Party, a remark which worsened the crisis. However, the party later purportedly controlled it as Vishwas was made AAP’s Rajasthan unit chief, and Khan was suspended from the party.