Ousted AAP MLA cries foul, accuses Kejriwal of demanding bribe

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

New Delhi [India], May 8 (ANI): Another allegation erupted against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal when ousted Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Asim Ahmed Khan on Monday said the former is the same person who demanded Rs. five crore from him, adding that corruption seeped into the party soon after it formed its government. Talking about his expulsion, Khan said false charges were framed against him when he tried to question the party's way of working. "The ones who are supporting Kejriwal are his own people. Everybody's secrets are confided among each other. He is the same Kejriwal who demanded Rs. five crore from me," Khan told ANI. Extending support to ousted AAP MLA Kapil Mishra, Khan said the way the former has shown confidence reflects there is genuineness in his claim. "Satyendra Jain is the right-hand of Kejriwal. The way Kapil Mishra has said that he handed over the evidences to the ACB and CBI, it shows its genuineness. Such things (corruption) have not evolved now. It was there right from the time the AAP formed the government," he said. Khan then narrated the incident under which he became a victim of the party's corruption and was therefore, ousted from the party. "I am not putting these allegations today. I talked about this three-four months back at the time of Punjab elections. They needed Rs. 25 crore to buy cable network out of which Rs. five crore were asked from me. The rest Rs. 20 crore were asked from four other MLAs...They formed a team which went after me to pressurize me to give money. Then they started warning me that if you want to remain the minister then you will have to give Rs. five crore. I said you can remove me but I will not pay. Then I was framed under false charges and removed from the party. Now when there are allegations against Kejriwal, Satyendra Jain, why is no action being taken?" he said. Meanwhile, AAP Political Affairs Committee (PAC) suspended Kapil Mishra from primary membership of the party. Mishra, earlier in the day, described Kejriwal as a 'power drunk' individual indulging in huge acts of corruption for his family with the help of his Cabinet colleagues. "I personally informed Sanjay Singh about the Chhatarpur seven acre farm house deal and about the PWD Rs. 10 core fake bill scam, Satyendra Jain told me. It was done for Kejriwal's brother in law," Mishra said. "The Arvind Kejriwal we have worshipped and prayed for is not the same man today. The post has changed him. I want to ask him one thing, will he leave the post after Satyendra Jain goes to jail?" he asked. Mishra also launched a scathing attack on the AAP leadership for making allegations that he was colluding with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). "Every AAP leader knows that if someone who is the staunchest critics of the BJP, who has publicly criticised their policies on Kashmir and Pathankot incident and MCD corruption, it is none other than Kapil Mishra," he added. "I challenge them to collect at least one evidence against me that I am being hand in gloves with the BJP," he added. Mishra also dared the AAP leadership to expel him from the party. "I will never leave the AAP, they have convened a PAC meeting today. Try removing me from the party. I will never allow those people, who are holding discussions behind closed doors, to kick me out of the party," he said. He said he would go to the Central Bureau of Investigation's office to lodge an FIR on the tanker scam and be present as a witness. "Tomorrow I have got an appointment with the CBI at 11.30 a.m. I will officially lodge an FIR and be present as a witness," he added. Mishra also alleged that his number is being shared on social media platforms and that he was getting death threats from people close to Kejriwal. "On Twitter and Facebook my number is being shared, I am getting death threats from those who are close to Kejrwal," he said. Earlier, Mishra submitted documents related to the tanker scam to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), while saying that he also apprised the agency about the misuse of the state government's money. "I informed the ACB about the misuse of government money by the AAP. I also informed that the state government was trying to shield a corrupt Sheila Dikshit. I have also given information of the tanker scam to the ACB," he said after leaving the ACB office. Later ACB chief M.K. Meena assured of action based on his statement. "We will record the statement of Kapil Mishra and the law will take its own course," he said. (ANI)