Social activist Anna Hazare, the one time mentor of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, has said that latter should step down from his post as he is facing serious graft charges. “Arvind Kejriwal should step down as CM pending a probe. He should start a probe into his dealings,” Anna Hazare said while speaking to news channel CNN-News18. “It is sad to see that founders of anti-corruption movement are facing corruption charges,” Hazare further told the news channel. Hazare’s statement comes at a time when Arvind Kejriwal is embroiled in a massive controversy following graft allegations made by sacked Delhi minister Kapil Mishra. On Sunday, Mishra kicked-off a political storm by accusing chief minister Kejriwal of accepting Rs 2 crore from cabinet colleague Satyendar Jain. “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 on Sunday. He also added that he would be proved right once ‘Satyendar Jain was sent to jail.’
Later on Monday, Kapil Mishra reached out to anti-corruption bureau (ACB) and submitted certain documents related to an alleged water tanker scam. He also sought appointment from Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the matter. Later, Aam Aadmi Party alleged Kapil Mishra was working at the behest of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Kejriwal, who decided to stay away from media on the issue, sent his lieutenants Sanjay Singh and Ashutosh to address a presser.
Rejecting the corruption allegations against Kejriwal, Sanjay Singh said that Kapil Mishra’s claims are a result of his frustration after losing his ministerial berth in in the Delhi government. He also took a jibe at BJP for trusting Mishra’s claims. Singh reminded everyone that the same Kapil Mishra had made grave allegations against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “It is the same Kapil Mishra who claimed that PM Narendra Modi is an agent of Pakistan’s ISI,” he said.
Responding to Mishra’s allegations on the day they were made, Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia had said that there is no truth in Mishra’s allegations. “I mean, what can I say (about this allegation)? About this kind of allegation…It doesn’t deserve comment. It’s absurd. It’s low, the worst kind of allegation,” said Sisodia to reporters, minutes after Mishra’s allegations. “A lot of MLAs are upset about the water situation. MLAs are facing people’s abuse. I told him (Mishra) this yesterday and said the CM is reshuffling the Cabinet. And now today the kind of allegations (he’s making), what can I say,” Sisodia said.