Kapil Mishra’s charges against Kejriwal deepen AAP fault lines
Ousted Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Minister Kapil Mishra’s allegations of corruption against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal have triggered Round II of the infighting within the ruling party, which is yet to recover from the recent MCD poll debacle.
Mishra’s allegations against Kejriwal, of receiving Rs 2 crore “illegal cash” from Health Minister Satyendar Jain, come just four days after the AAP managed to pacify its senior leader Kumar Vishvas, who had questioned the party leadership for blaming “faulty” EVMs for its humiliating defeat in the recently held municipal polls.
Mishra, the AAP MLA from Karawal Nagar, who is considered to be a close aide of Vishvas, was among those few legislators who openly took his side and asked the party leadership to “introspect” instead of blaming the EVMs.
The camaraderie between the two party leaders, however, took a turn on Sunday when Vishvas countered Mishra’s allegations against Kejriwal, saying: “No one would believe that Kejriwal took a bribe”.
The poet-turned-politician also said that Mishra should have put the matter in front of the party’s Political Affair Committee (PAC).
“He should not have levelled such serious allegations publicly,” said Vishvas, who himself had faced conspiracy charges, levelled by another party MLA, Amanatullah Khan. Khan was later …read more