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Sacked Delhi Minister Sandeep Kumar Says He's Being Framed Because He's A Dalit

Kumar also compared himself to Eklavya.

01/09/2016 12:05 PM IST | Updated 01/09/2016 12:29 PM IST
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Delhi Social Welfare Minister Sandeep Kumar talking with media persons at Delhi Secretariat on December 15, 2015 in New Delhi, India.

A day after he was sacked by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, following the leak of a CD that purportedly showed him in "a compromising position with a woman", Delhi's former Social Welfare Minister Sandeep Kumar on Thursday claimed in a series of tweets that he was being framed because he was a Dalit leader.

He also compared himself to Eklavya, a tribal character from Mahabharata who was denied the right to be the world's greatest archer by Guru Dronacharya, fearing he will overshadow the boy's rival and the master's favourite pupil Arjuna.

"I am paying the price of being poor and a Dalit," Kumar told the media.

The surprise sacking of the 36-year-old minister came after a quick decision at a high-level meeting attended by top AAP leaders last night, just half an hour after the CM viewed the CD.

Kejriwal called the content of the CD "objectionable".

Kumar represents the Sultanpur Majra constituency and is the second AAP minister to be sacked after Asim Ahmed Khan, Minister for Food and Supplies, who was let go for allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs 6 lakh from a builder. The sackings are only half the trouble that the Aam Aadmi Party has faced in the last few months.

In June last year, then Law Minister Jitendra Singh Tomar resigned after he was arrested on the charge of possessing fake degrees.

Meanwhile, BJP workers today protested outside the CM's house.

(With PTI inputs)

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