Kejirwal's role as anti-corruption crusader has increased: Khetan

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

New Delhi [India], May 7 (ANI): Admitting that there were detractors within the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), party leader Ashish Khetan on Sunday said Chief Minister Arvind Kejirwal's role as an anti-corruption crusader had increased after his "staunchest critics" brushed aside allegations of corruption against him. "I think today, Arvind Kejriwal's stature as an anti corruption crusader has gone up by several notches. Die hard critics and worst adversaries paid a tribute to him by saying that we will believe everything, but an allegation of this kind. I think it is the biggest testimony of a man's standing," Khetan said. Khetan remarks came hours after party leader Kumar Vishwas said, "I have worked with Arvind Kejriwal and I can't even imagine Kejriwal being corrupt and taking money from anyone. Even his enemy will not believe in these allegations." Former party leader Yogendra Yadav, who later co-founded the Swaraj India Party, asserted that he wouldn't believe the Delhi Chief Minister could take "bribe" unless it was supported by proper evidence. Yadav told ANI, "If someone says Arvind Kejriwal is authoritarian, or he is political opportunist, or greedy, arrogant, I will believe. But if someone says he takes bribes, then we may need evidence." Mishra on Sunday made a shocking revelation and alleged that he saw Jain give Rs. 2 crore to Kejriwal. "Day before yesterday, I saw Satyendra Jain giving Rs. two crore to Arvind Kejriwal and I wasn't able to sleep the entire night," he said in a press briefing after meeting Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal. Mishra also claimed that he urged the Chief Minister to disclose as to from where he got the money. "There are several allegations on money laundering and black money against Satyendra Jain which are known to all. It is known to all that before holding the post of Delhi Cabinet Minister and after taking the oath, he gave a prominent position to his daughter and other relatives," he said. Pledging to remove corrupt people from the party, he said that he will go to all the higher authority and make the revelation about these things. However, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia flatly rejected the charges as absurd and baseless. "There is nothing much that I can say about the baseless allegations that he has charged against us today. These things are not even worth answering, nobody is going to believe in it," said Sisodia in a quick press briefing. Earlier on Saturday, shortly after being removed from the Delhi Cabinet, Mishra said he may have been axed for saying he would submit the names of those people involved in the tanker scam to the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB). "It has nothing to do with the MCD polls, and till now, I have not received any official confirmation so far. But I met Arvind Kejriwal this morning, and I said that it has been a year since the report on the tanker scam was tabled and no action has been taken," Mishra told ANI. "I had told him that I will submit the names of the responsible persons to the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB)," Mishra added. He said he would expose the names involved in the tanker scam on Sunday. However, sources close to Kejriwal claim that Mishra did not meet the Chief Minister and neither had he submitted any papers related to the tanker scam. "I have also written a letter to the ACB and have sought appointment from them. I will expose everyone involved in the scam and will apprise the ACB," he added. He also denied that he was ousted for supporting AAP leader Kumar Vishwas. Mishra tweeted that he was the only minister who has not come under the CBI scanner and has not been charged with corruption. "I am the only minister with no corruption charges. No CBI enquiry against me," he said. This decision came soon after the AAP suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of the BJP in the recently concluded MCD polls. (ANI)