Saturday , September 22 2018

Graft charge against Arvind Kejriwal unites warring AAP groups

Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi: Dismissed AAP minister Kapil Mishra’s assertions on Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal today brought together warring groups of the AAP party with MLAs, even those who sided with Kumar Vishwas during a latest scramble, closing ranks around the AAP chief. Vishwas himself defended Arvind Kejriwal, saying it was “unthinkable” that the chief minister would indulge in any act of corruption or accept bribe.

Though, Vishwas demanded that Delhi minister Satyendar Jain explain his position on the charge made by Mishra that he had handed over Rs 2 crore to Arvind Kejriwal. Kejriwal’s friends-turned-foes, Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, also appeared sceptical of the claims, even as they compared the AAP with a “sinking ship”. “I have known Kejriwal for 12 years now and after all these years together it is unthinkable for me that he would indulge in corruption,” Vishwas tweeted.

Kapil Mishra was quick to react: “The day Jain goes to jail, even you will believe me brother. Till then ekla chalo re (walk alone).” A day after being shown the door from the Delhi Cabinet, Kapil Mishra today sought to put Arvind Kejriwal on the dock, claiming that he saw the latter accepting “Rs two crore from Jain at his official residence”. Several MLAs including Alka Lamba, Adarsh Shastri, Somnath Bharti, Rajesh Rishi, who had resonated the position of Vishwas for the party’s need to introspect in the wake of poll defeats, rallied behind Kejriwal on a day someone questioned his financial integrity for the first time.

Sr party leader Ashish Khetan pithy tweet was thoughtful of the party’s near harmony on the situation. “Arvind Kejriwal ko kharidne wala abhi tak is duniya me bana nahi hai (The person who can buy out Arvind Kejriwal is yet to be born).”

Former Delhi convener of the party, Dilip Pandey, criticized Mishra for “losing his mind” after losing position. Those who are in the party for power and fame should ponder over this, he stated.

“I might agree with charges of power insatiability, arrogance, dictatorship against Kejriwal, but charge of taking bribe need solid evidence,” Yadav tweeted, while Bhushan stated: “The true test of character comes in hardship. We are now seeing the true faces of AAP’s leftovers as its ship sinks. What an opportunity lost.”

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