The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) came into existence and subsequently rode to power on the anti-corruption plank. Perhaps many of those who put faith in the party and its supremo Arvind Kejriwal at the time are now feeling betrayed following the recent turn of events.
Kapil Mishra, an AAP MLA from Karawal Nagar constituency who was sacked by the party, accused Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal of accepting a bribe of Rs.2 crore from state health minister Satyendra Jain.
Of course, surrounded on all sides the AAP denied the allegation and immediately pointed fingers at their favorite punching bag – the BJP.
Cutting across party lines both Congress and BJP leaders demanded Kejriwal’s resignation and a CBI probe. AAP has now said that Kejriwal will not resign.
But what is this ruckus all about? Mishra claims that the bribe Kejriwal took has connection to the water tanker scam that rocked Delhi during former CM Sheila Dikshit’s reign.
Mishra says that he was sacked when he demanded action against those involved in water tanker scam.
I had informed CM that I would submit names of those to Anti Corruption Bureau, who are involved in the delay: Kapil Mishra pic.twitter.com/O1hT7Y5f2M
— ANI (@ANI_news) May 6, 2017
This is what the tanker scam is all about.
Between 2010 and 2013, the Sheila Dikshit led Delhi Government decided that water tankers supply water to areas outside the jurisdiction of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB).
For this the Dikshit government awarded tenders to private companies for 385 stainless steel tankers. But certain rules regarding awarding to tenders were allegedly not followed.
The government was accused of favoritism in awarding tenders and appointing consultant.
When the AAP came to power, it immediately appointed a fact-finding committee to probe the scam.
Kapil Mishra was the chairman of the DJB. On August 28, 2015, he wrote a letter to Kejriwal informing him that the committee has found the scam worth Rs.400 crore.
While urging the CM to take action, Mishra also told Kejriwal that some leaders from AAP, too, were involved.
In June 2016, Mishra sent the committee report to then Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung requesting him for a probe into the scam by CBI or Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB). He also called for the filing of an FIR against Sheila Dikshit.
On June 15, Jung forwarded complaint to the ACB and asked the bureau to also probe Kejriwal’s role and find out why he tried to suppress the report.
While the BJP accused the AAP of failing to cancel the tenders, both AAP and Dikshit claimed ‘political motivation’.
Mishra claims that the probe in the scam will hurt the Congress, especially Dikshit, and some AAP members.
कल तक सारी दुनिया को कह रहे थे कि EVM के कारण हारे चुनाव अब अचानक पानी का मुद्दा। मीडिया के सामने आने से क्यों बच रहे है @ArvindKejriwal
— Kapil Mishra (@KapilMishraAAP) May 7, 2017
Today, Mishra submitted a complaint at the ACB office.
— Heena Kausar (@heenakausar19) May 8, 2017
Met ACB officials and gave information on “Role of Arvind Kejriwal Ji and two of his close associates in Tanker Scam”
— Kapil Mishra (@KapilMishraAAP) May 8, 2017
Mired by controversies, the ball appears to be in AAP’s court.