The day after sacked Delhi water minister Kapil Mishra levied serious graft charges against Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal, the party and opposition are gearing up for a political slugfest.
In an unlikely development, AAP party dissenters, including Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, defended Arvind Kejriwal and said that is unimaginable that he will indulge in corruption.
Kapil Mishra had on Sunday alleged that Kejriwal accepted Rs 2 Crore bribe money from health minister Satyender Jain two days ago.
Read | AAP in fresh crisis: Delhi CM Kejriwal accepted Rs 2 crore from Satyendra Jain, alleges Kapil Mishra; Sisodia rubbishes charges
He was sacked from Delhi cabinet on Saturday for inefficiencies in his work in the water department.
After the charges surfaced, BJP and Congress gunned for Delhi CM's Kejriwal's head and post.
Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari said Kapil Mishra has not made an allegation but testimony and Kejriwal must immediately resign from Delhi Chief Ministers’ post.
“Whole of Delhi is absolutely shocked by today's remarks of Kapil Mishra. It's not an allegation but statement of a witness,” said Tiwari.
While Congress Delhi head Ajay Maken said that the allegations Kejriwal have stripped AAP of its anti-graft plank. He proposed a referendum to force AAP from power in Delhi.
Here are the live updates
# 11:00 PM: Truth will start at 11:30 AM from CBI office. Will register 3 FIRs. First will be against Satyendar Jain for 2 crore deal. Second will be illegal land deal and third would be on the cases I received on mail id firstname.lastname@example.org, said Kapil Mishra
# 9:01PM: Truth shall prevail, says Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal
# 7:18 PM: We have been hurt by Kapil Mishra's baseless allegations: Manish Sisodia
#7:17 PM: AAP's PAC meet concluded
#6:05 PM: So Satyendra Jain is giving clean chit to Arvind Kejriwal ji and Arvind Kejriwal ji giving clean chit to Satyendra Jain. simply wow: Kapil Mishra
So Satyendra Jain is giving clean chit to Arvind Kejriwal ji and Arvind Kejriwal ji giving clean chit to Satyendra Jain. simply wow !!!— Kapil Mishra (@KapilMishraAAP) May 8, 2017
# 6:03 PM: It is wrong to point out finger at Kejriwal: Satyendar Jain
# 6:02 PM: There is limit to lying : Satyendar Jain
#6:01 PM: If Kapil mishra has any evdience then he should produce: Satyendar Jain
#6:00 PM: Kapil Mishra has lost his mental balance: Satyendar Jain
#5:59 PM : AAP's Satyendar Jain denies meeting Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, refutes allegations
# 5:13 PM: I dare Kejriwal to expel me from the party in today's AAP meeting. I am reciving threat over phones and messages : Kapil Mishra
#5: 12 PM: Satyendra Singh will go to jail and then people would know who was correct: Kapil Mishra
#5:11 PM: I know that how tcikets had been diustrubuted during Punjab polls-Kapil Mishra
# 5:10 PM: I will never leave Aam Aadmi Party -Kapil Mishra
#5:10 PM: Saying I am colluding with BJP is baseless. Everyone knows I have been the most vocal critic of BJP and Modi ji in AAP: Kapil Mishra
# 5:09 PM: I was the person who speak against BJP and policies of Narendra Modi: Kapil Mishra
# 5:06 PM: Will approach CBI at 11:30 on Tuesday, will register an FIR with CBI against Kejriwal : Kapil Mishra
#1:50 PM: AAP calls meeting to discuss action against Kapil Mishra
Watch the press conference here:
#1:25 PM:Kapil Mishra's letter does not mention Arvind Kejriwal even once: Sanjay Singh, AAP leader
#1:23 PM: BJP is using Kapil Mishra to damage image of Aam Aadmi Party: Sanjay Singh, AAP leader
#1:20 PM: These allegations are part of a conspiracy against AAP: Sanjay Singh, AAP leader
#1:05 PM: AAP top brass to address media shortly
#11:55 AM: Kapil Mishra will go to CBI with the evidence next
#11:54 AM: Kapil Mishra gives 'proof of graft' against Arvind Kejriwal to ACB, asked to come back after a few days
#11:30 AM: Kapil Mishra meets Additional SP at ACB, gives secret yellow envelope
#11.12 AM: Kapil Mishra reaches ACB office in Civil Lines to meet Delhi ACB chief MK Meena. Mishra says he will speak after the meeting. Reports also say Mishra is ‘willing to take’ lie-detector test.
Expected events of the day:
#Kapil Mishra will go to Anti-Corruption Bureau with proof of his graft charges against Arvind Kejriwal at 11 AM on Monday. He claims that he has already submitted a copy of the documents to Delhi L-G on Sunday. The ACB sources told media on Sunday that they will start a formal probe into the matter if L-G office forwards them the complaint.
#Arvind Kejriwal is scheduled to hold a meeting with AAP MLAs in New Delhi to discuss the restructuring of the state unit
#Congress party is likely to hold a meeting on the issue. The senior leaders are likely to meet President of India to memorandum against Kejriwal.
#Kapil Mishra and Kumar Vishwas may hold a press conference together on the issue. Vishwas, who has been unhappy with internal politics of the party, remained cryptic about his reaction on graft charges, giving rise to speculations about his loyalties in the matter.