The sacked Delhi minister, Kapil Mishra, on Sunday alleged that he had seen ‘HIM’ accepting illegal cash adding that he shared every single detail with the LG Anil Baijal.
Mishra, who’s expected to address media around noon, tweeted, ” I have witnessed HIM taking illegal cash.. have shared all details with Lt. Gov. It was impossible to remain silent even if I had to sacrifice my life, not just my ministry.”
i have witnessed HIM taking illegal cash.. have shared all details with Lt. Gov.
चुप रहना असंभव था। कुर्सी क्या प्राण भी जाये तो जाए
— Kapil Mishra (@KapilMishra_IND) May 7, 2017
Mishrar, who was the tourism and water minister in Arvind Kejriwal’s Delhi cabinet, was removed from his post on Saturday. He was also been removed from the chairman of Delhi Jal Board.
Delhi’s deputy chief minister, Manish Sisodia, told ANI, “Water management was not up to the mark ,Kapil Mishra made a lot of effort.CM decided to bring in Kailash Gahlot in his place. Total two have been included in the Cabinet now, Kailash Gahlot and Rajendra Gautam for a post which was vacant.”
Mishra said he had met the chief minister earlier in the day and handed over documents related to the alleged scam.
“I was not informed of the decision and as per my knowledge, it was taken unilaterally by Kejriwal. The Cabinet or the Political Affairs Committee (the AAP’s top decision- making body) was not involved,” Mishra told PTI.
A senior government official said the decision to remove Mishra was taken after it was found that the minister had submitted several “inflated” bills.
Sources in the party said Mishra was sacked because of his poor performance. However, the party had considered him as one of the most vocal and active voices in the government until he sided with Vishwas.
Mishra was believed to be close to Vishwas, who the AAP MLA, Amanatullah Khan, had recently accused of being a ‘BJP agent’ and attempting to take control of the party.
The rift had assumed an ugly face after Vishwas reportedly threatened to quit the party alleging that Khan was speaking the language of someone top in the party.
Kejriwal had rushed to his house and, in a late night meeting, managed to persuade him to stay in the party.
The following day, during an emergency meeting of the PAC, the party’s highest decision making body, Khan suspended from the primary membership of the party. Vishwas was made in-charge of the AAP’s Rajasthan affairs.
Khan, the MLA from Okhla, was later appoint as the head of an assembly panel. He was also appointed a member in seven newly constituted committees, including the Special Inquiry Committee, of the House by the Speaker.
All AAP legislators including Somnath Bharti, Alka Lamba and Bhavna Gaur, who had backed Vishwas, were also accommodated in the Library Committee, not considered as prestigious with the panel having little work to do.
Bharti, who had openly advocated a greater role for Vishwas in the party, was removed as the Chairman of the Privileges Committee and Gehlot was appointed in his place.