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Sacked AAP Minister Kapil Mishra Accuses Arvind Kejriwal Of Taking ₹2 Crore From Satyendra Jain

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07/05/2017 1:04 PM IST | Updated 07/05/2017 1:05 PM IST
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A day after Aam Aadmi Party leader Kapil Mishra was sacked from the party, Delhi's former Water Minister revealed some "explosive details" in his tell-all media conference.

Mishra claimed that he has seen Health Minister Satyendra Jain give ₹2 crore in cash to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

In the press meet, Mishra further said that when he asked Kejriwal about the money Satyendar Jain gave him, the CM responded saying, "such things happen in politics."

However, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia refuted all the allegations made by Mishra against Arvind Kejriwal.

Earlier today, Mishra tweeted saying he saw "him" taking illegal cash and that he has disclosed the details to the LG.

Late on Saturday, Mishra, in a series of tweets, alleged Arvind Kejriwal of conspiring against him ahead of the Sunday's "big" meet, where he would share explosive details of water tanker scandal.

Meanwhile, Minutes before Mishra's press conference, Kejriwal went into a huddle with his deputy Manish Sisodia and other leaders. Kumar Vishwas also reportedly attended the meeting.

Supporting his close aide Mishra, party's founder member Kumar Vishwas assured people of "another movement inside and outside."

"I want to assure the workers and people of the country that we will keep on raising our voice against corruption inside and outside, whatever be the consequences. Bharat Mata Ki Jai," Vishwas tweeted.

Soon after Mishra's removal, Kejriwal appointed AAP legislators Rajendra Pal Gautam and Kailash Gehlot as new faces.

Gehlot, MLA from Najafgarh, and Gautam, MLA from Seemapuri, will be sworn in as new ministers, an official told IANS. However, they have not been allotted any portfolio yet.

Justifying the party's act to sack Mishra, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, "Water management was not up to the mark, (though) Mishra made a lot of effort. The Chief Minister decided to bring in Kailash Gahlot in his place," he told reporters.

Last year, an inquiry into the tanker scam set up by the AAP government put the size of the scam at ₹400 crore. The report also accused former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit of creating artificial water scarcity to benefit the "tanker mafia".

AAP had witnessed an internal turmoil over the past few days after its debacle in the civic polls with several leaders calling for introspection. Vishwas had differed with Kejriwal on the main reasons behind the party's defeat.

(With inputs from IANS)

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