Ajay Maken, the Chief of Delhi Congress, has asked Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister (CM) of Delhi and head of Aam Admi Party (AAP) to step down from his post. This has come following the charges of corruption leveled at Kejriwal by Kapil Mishra, who was recently sacked from his post as the Water Minister of Delhi. Maken has gone so far as to state that now the party cannot cling on to its anti-corruption image anymore in the wake of the scandal that has risen to the fore. Maken has said that the allegations brought by Mishra against the AAP chief are of a serious nature. He has also asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) of India, as well as the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), to take note of the charges.
The lack of moral right
As far as Maken is concerned, Kejriwal lacks the moral right to still remain the CM of Delhi. A member of the legislative assembly (MLA) for AAP, Mishra brought forth his allegations the very next day he was shown the door from his current position. He has brought similar charges against Satyendra Jain, the state’s Health Minister, as well. Mishra has said that he has witnessed Jain giving over INR 2 crore to Kejriwal at the latter’s official residence.
What has Mishra been doing?
Of late, Mishra has visited the ACB office at New Delhi and submitted more proof regarding the wrongdoing being supposedly done by Kejriwal in the water tank scam case that is supposed to have financial implications in the region of INR 400 crore. He has supposedly lodged a complaint with the CBI regarding the bribery interaction between Jain and Kejriwal that has been referred to above. He has stated emphatically that he is a witness in the case and believes that the corrupt leaders will be jailed.
Lie detector tests
In fact, Mishra has also asked the CBI to perform lie detector tests on him, Kejriwal, and Jain. Mishra says that he has informed ACB regarding how public money was wasted in the water tank scam, how the probe was deferred by Kejriwal, and how efforts were made to save Sheila Dikshit. Mishra has also said that he will be making some further announcements in this regard pretty soon. The Deputy CM of Delhi, Manish Sisodia has stated that the allegations are a joke but Mishra has brushed it off.
What is Kejriwal doing?
After sacking Kapil Mishra, Delhi Government has brought in a couple of new faces. This includes Pal Gautam, an MLA from Seemapuri, and Kailash Gehlot, a lawmaker from Najafgarh. Incidentally before he was ousted, Mishra had sided with Kumar Vishwas, a senior leader who was himself at war with others of his ilk in the party. As per a senior officer, Kejriwal presided over the meeting where the decision to remove Mishra was taken. Mishra has also said that nobody informed him regarding the decision and he knows that Kejriwal had taken the decision on behalf of all the other members of the party.