BJP spokesperson, Ashwini Upadhyay, on Monday said that he did not believe that Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, may have accepted Rs 2 crore bribe as alleged by the sacked AAP minister, Kapil Mishra.
Speaking on ETV Urdu’s programme Big Bulletin by Samir Abbas, Upaddhyay said, “I’m telling you with full honesty. I’ve known Kejriwal ji for last 15 years and Kapil Mishra for nearly 10 years when the RTI movement had started. When I first heard that he (Kejriwal) has accepted (bribe), then even I did not believe. But, I also know Kapil Mishra because I’m from the same party and I’ve been a founding member of the same party. So, I know he doesn’t lie. But, even I don’t believe that Kejriwal ji can accept bribe. Even I am not clear whether he’s taken it or not. My hand on my heart, I don’t believe at all (the allegation). But this matter should be probed through the SIT or judicial inquiry.”
Early in the programme, Upadhyay had demanded Kejriwal’s resignation on moral grounds. However, while making his concluding remarks, the BJP spokesperson said that even he could not believe that Kejriwal may have accepted Rs 2 crore as a bribe.
Congress’s Ishrat Jahan reminded the AAP spokesperson on the show how the AAP leader would never miss an opportunity to demand the resignations of the then Congress government.
In 2013, both AAP and Kejriwal were accused of carrying out a ‘dirty campaign’ against the then Delhi chief minister, Sheila Dikshit, for alleged corruption. But despite Kejriwal being in government for over two years, no charges against Dikshit have been proven.
On Monday evening, the Aam Aadmi Party suspended Mishra from the party’s primary membership. The decision was taken by its high-powered Political Affairs Committee (PAC) chaired by Kejriwal.
The decision came a day after Mishra levelled allegations that Kejriwal had taken Rs 2 crore in cash from Delhi minister Satyendar Jain. Mishra was removed from the post of water minister on May 6.
Earlier today Mishra had dared the party to sack him even as he fired a fresh salvo at Kejriwal, alleging that a Rs 50 crore deal was made for the AAP chief’s brother-in-law.
He also submitted documents to the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) against Kejriwal in connection with the water tanker scam and said he has sought an appointment with the CBI tomorrow to register a complaint.
(With additional inputs from PTI)