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Congress demands Delhi CM Kejriwal’s resignation over bribery allegations

India TV Politics Desk New Delhi 07 May 2017, 17:04:58 IST
India TV Politics Desk

The Congress party today demanded the Centre must initiate criminal action against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over bribery allegations levelled against him by sacked minister Kapil Mishra.

Speaking to reporters here, Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken also asked him to resign from the post and proof his innocence. 

The claims, Maken said, were not mere allegations but testimony of an eyewitness warranting initiation of criminal proceedings against Kejriwal. 

"Mishra's claim that Kejriwal took Rs 2 crore is not mere allegation rather an affidavit before the public of what he saw. He is saying what he saw as an eyewitness. The Centre, the Anti-Corruption Bureau and the CBI should immediately take action and register an FIR against Kejriwal. Kejriwal has no moral right to continue as the Chief Minister. He should immediately resign," Maken said. 

He further said that the AAP, which governs Delhi, was ‘riddled with corruption’. 

"Six of the seven AAP ministers including Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia are facing corruption charges," he said. 

A day after being sacked as Water Minister, AAP MLA Mishra today claimed that he saw Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain handing out Rs 2 crore to the Chief Minister at his residence. 

Mishra also alleged that Jain informed him about ‘settling land deals worth Rs 50 crore for Kejriwal's relative’.

Maken further alleged that the BJP-led NDA government was reluctant to take action against the Kejriwal government. 

"Corruption charges against AAP are nothing new. The Shunglu Committee indicted the AAP government of serious corruption charges but we have seen no action. The BJP is very vocal in criticising the Kejriwal government but when it comes to taking action there is a reluctance. The charges made by Mishra are very serious and cannot be dismissed. The Centre has to take action," the Congress leader said. 

 

Maken said the Congress will launch a signature campaign in Delhi from Tuesday and hand over 10 lakh signatures to Kejriwal as a referendum on the AAP.