A day after being sacked from the Arvind Kejriwal Cabinet, Delhi water minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Kapil Mishra on Sunday addressed a press conference at Rajghat soon after meeting the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal. Speaking to the reporters here, Mishra said, “Parson maine Satyendra Jain ji ko Rs 2 crore Arvind Kejriwal ji ko dete huye dekha tha. Main poori raat so nahi paaya.” (A day before yesterday, I saw Satyandar Jain giving Rs 2 cr to Arvind Kejriwal.) “When I became minister I sent a report against Sheila Dikshit to CM. What happened to that report after that everyone knows,” said the AAP leader.
“When I asked Arvind Kejriwal about the money Satyendar Jain gave him, he said such things happen in politics,” he added. This statement by Jain also clears who he was pointing his finger at when he tweeted: “i have witnessed HIM taking illegal cash.. have shared all details with Lt. Gov.” he had added that remaining silent had become impossible in that situation.
Mishra also said that the episode affected him so much that he was not able to sleep at all through the night. However, Mishra stressed upon refusing to quit the party and that he would do his utmost to change AAP from within. The sacked water minister further reiterated that he will not leave the party as he had worked very hard to set it up. He added that “Aam Aadmi Party is my party, the common supporters party.” He added that “neither will I leave the party nor can anyone remove me.”
On allegations that his mother is affiliated to BJP and that he was working as a BJP agent, Mishra said that he will not be joining the BJP and that everyone knows she has been part of the saffron party for a long time and that there is nothing to hide in this. Speaking to ANI, Mishara has also said that he would give all the details to the CBI and the ACB.
Union Sports Minister and senior Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Vijay Goel told Times Now that ‘these are very serious charges. Arvind Kejriwal now has no authority to continue as chief minister.’ Commenting on the same, former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah said that if he (Kapil Mishra) had witnessed the illegal cash laundering why was is quite for so long. He tweeted:
If he witnessed illegal cash changing hands & kept quiet so long as he was retained in the cabinet as minister then he is also complicit. https://t.co/aVWFStzt6g
— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) May 7, 2017
Mishra, who is considered close to Kumar Vishwas has been making headlines after AAP’s internal crisis came into public domain last week. Mishra was axed from the cabinet, on April 6, after he sided with senior AAP leader Kumar Vishwas who is reportedly at loggerheads with the party leadership. Mishra had earlier claimed that he had met Delhi chief minister and AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal earlier on Saturday and had shared ‘explosive details’ with the AAP chief, and also said that he would go public with the same details.
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— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) May 7, 2017
Ahead of making the ‘big revelation, Taking to Twitter, the AAP leader had targetted Kejriwal saying, “Arvind Kejriwal is directly calling up many AAP leaders and legislators… huge conspiracy ahead of my press conference… won’t stop, won’t bend.”
“I will reveal big names, and may be because of those names, such a decision has been made,” Mr Mishra said. “I am Kapil Mishra and Kejriwal knows the role I have played against corruption,” he added. Minutes after his statement, Mishra took to Twitter and said: “Saw it day before yesterday and protested about it the other day. It was impossible to wait even for a day.” Everything that I have said will soon be proved the day Satyendar Jain will go to jail, he tweeted saying that truth needs no support. Further hitting out at the Delhi CM, Mishra also said that till now he (Arvind Kejriwal) was blaming the EVMs for his loss in elections, now this water scam issue- Why is he shying away from media?