Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s tryst with controversy has taken an ugly turn when chairman and managing director of the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC), K R Meena, wrote a letter to the AAP convener seeking an apology for his behaviour during a recent meeting. Meena alleged that he was humiliated by Kejriwal in the presence of Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain at the Delhi CM’s residence last week, a report said. “I would at least expect an apology from you to relieve me from this grave humiliation and embarrassment caused during the meeting,” Meena said in the letter. The DSIIDC CMD alleged that Kejriwal and Jain, who also holds the Industries portfolio, pressured him to allot land to a “private person on assurance basis”. The Delhi government did not respond to calls or messages seeking a comment. According to Meena, the incident took place on November 10 at Kejriwal’s house on Flagstaff Road.
Meena’s letter stated: “Worthy honourable CM lost his cool and shouted at me and directed me to leave his office. The literal word used by you was ‘get out’ in a highest possible tone with utter disrespect. CM shouted continuously and claimed that DSIIDC is not property of anybody’s father, and they will utilise its assets in a manner best suited to. “With grave humiliation, embarrassment and anguish I left your room. The entire episode shows your desperation and utter disrespect to the system and senior officers. This has happened without any fault of mine as no one could release government or DSIIDC land to a private party on assurance,” stated the letter. The official also alleged that the entire episode has “hurt him emotionally and disturbed him professionally”. “I am not able to concentrate on my work since the event,” Meena said.
From time to time allegations were raised against Kejriwal. A year after senior AAP leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav broke away from AAP, another founder-member, Ilyas Azmi, resigned alleging that the AAP had turned into a one-person party. Founding members of AAP Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan were later expelled for ‘anti-party’ activities along with Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha. Bhushan had accused Kejriwal of hooliganism and of having dictatorial tendencies due to which he was “ruthlessly stifling voices of dissent”. Subsequently, 200 Maharashtra AAP members quit party in support of Yadav, Bhushan. Convenor Maruti Bhapkar explained the members quit after seeing the “real face of the party”. “There is no place for democracy in AAP,” he added. The AAP’s first rebel MLA, Binny called Kejriwal a “dictator” and accused the party of “betraying” the people of Delhi by backtracking on its election promises.