A day after Sushil Gupta was announced as one of the three AAP candidates for the Rajya Sabha, the former has served a defamation notice to the rebel AAP MLA, Kapil Mishra after he accused him of corruption to secure the Rajya Sabha seat.
— Dr. Sushil Gupta (@Dr_SushilGupta) January 4, 2018
Mishra, who had alleged money changing hands in the selection of the Rajya Sabha candidates, had tweeted, “There’s a news that Mr Gupta has a sting of Rs 50 crore deal.”
खबर है गुप्ता जी के पास स्टिंग है 50 करोड़ की लेन देन का?
— Kapil Mishra (@KapilMishra_IND) January 2, 2018
This reportedly prompted Gupta to serve Mishra a defamation notice.
Unfazed by the notice, Mishra responded on Twitter saying that he was not going to be intimidated by Gupta’s threats.
केजरीवाल की आंखों के महान “दानदाता”
डंके की चोट पर कहता हूँ
तुम्हारी एकमात्र योग्यता है -पैसा
आंदोलन और पार्टी से तुम्हारा कोई लेना देना नहीं
अपनी जेब मे डाल लो अपने नोट भी और नोटिस भी
तुम जैसो से लड़ने ही तो आये है हम राजनीति में https://t.co/41udcf7G4C
— Kapil Mishra (@KapilMishra_IND) January 4, 2018
Sushil Gupta is currently the president of Punjabi Bagh Club and had recently left Congress to join the Aam Aadmi Party. He had also contested the assembly polls on Congress ticket. Some Congress leaders alleged that while submitting his resignation on 28 November last year, Sushil Gupta had allegedly said that he was quitting because of the Rajya Sabha seat promised by the AAP.
The news prompted the disgruntled Kumar Vishwas to launch an all-out attack against his long time friend and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal holding him responsible for the denial of the Rajya Sabha seat.
One AAP leader, not wishing to be named, said that what Kejriwal’s detractors needed to see if any of the three Rajya Sabha nominees were corrupt.
“Our party was born on the pledge of fighting corruption. As long as we don’t compromise with that ethos, we must not worry about criticism the selection of Sushil Gupta,” she said.
It’s still not clear whether Wednesday’s decision will cause a mini-revolt among AAP MLAs. It also remains to be seen if the decision taken by Delhi Chief Minister weakens his grip over his party in time to come.