In a late night media briefing, sacked Delhi Water Resources Minister Kapil Mishra has said that he’ll give two other names – Ashish Talwar and Vibhav Patel – to the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) on Monday. “I am going to give two person’s names to ACB in connection with water tanker scam, Ashish Talwar and Vibhav Patel,” Mishra said, according to ANI. “Why was no action taken based on the report for a year? Who were responsible? I will share details of the involvement of two people who work in official capacity with Kejriwal with the ACB,” Mishra was quoted as saying by PTI. “Secondly, several party members have told me that Kejriwal has made up his mind to sack Jain in the next two-three days and preparations are on to get his resignation by Wednesday,” he told reporters. Earlier in the day, Mishra sent shock waves through the capital’s political circles as he the former minister accused chief minister Arvind Kejriwal of taking 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 in the day.
Soon after Kapil Mishra’s allegation, deputy CM Manish Sisodia addressed media and termed the allegations as 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 in the backdrop of tussle that 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. Interestingly, Mishra had reportedly sided by Vishwas in the matter. After Vishwas made remarks and called for accountability, party legislator Amanatullah Khan had alleged that he was working at the behest of the Bharatiya Janata Party, a statement which worsened the crisis. However, the party later pacified Vishwas as he was made AAP’s Rajasthan unit chief, and Khan was suspended from the party.