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Launching a scathing attack on Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal over the series of allegations levied on him by former party leader Kapil Mishra, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Sunday asserted that Kejriwal should take a step back from the political arena.
"Kejriwal is a 420. He is getting money from abroad. It is no surprise that these allegations have surfaced. All his fraudulent activities are out in the open, with many more to come," Swamy told ANI here.
Alleging the AAP to be a 'deshdrohi' party, Swamy further stated that the party was established to destroy politics.
Continuing his rant against the AAP and its chief, Swamy while defending Mishra's allegations on Kejriwal's involvement with Shell companies, said the latter should be arrested and interrogated by the Enforcement directorate (ED).
"I have lodged a complaint with the Lieutenant Governor regarding four companies. The accounts represented by the party are not the real expenses. Surely the remainder has gone into his pocket," he further alleged, adding that President's rule may be imposed owing to the situation of the state government.
In a dramatic press conference that ended with Mishra fainting, the former accused Kejriwal of corruption and warned him to resign by this evening.
Addressing a press conference in New Delhi earlier in the day, Mishra said, "Arvind Kejriwal, have some shame. If you don't resign by today evening, I will drag you from your office to Tihar Jail. I'm Kapil Mishra."
Mishra further alleged that for three continuous years, black money was converted into white and spent on foreign trips of the AAP leaders.
"The AAP did not inform about some of its fundings which it received from fake companies," he said.
Mishra further targeted Kejriwal and revealed that 16 shell companies added money worth crores in AAP's bank accounts.
"These fake companies are registered in the name of AAP MLA from Moti Nagar, Shivcharan Goyal. These companies have given Rs 2 crore to Kejriwal at 12 a.m. The fund received from these companies were sent to same branch branch of Axis Bank where there were allegations of converting black money into white at the time of demonetisation," he added.
The AAP has its bank account at the Krishnanagar branch of Axis Bank and all the transactions happen from there.
Mishra also shared a bank cheque without a date which has already been encashed.
Responding to Mishra's allegations, AAP spokesperson Raghav Chadha said, "The BJP is raising the same questions from last two years which were raised by Kapil Mishra today. I think he is mentally unstable."
Speaking on the accusations of foreign visits, Chadha claimed that even before joining the party, he use to travel abroad.
Condemning the language used by Mishra in his conference, another AAP leader Ashutosh said, "I invite you, Kapil Mishra to AAP's office. I will open the door and then will make Kejriwal stand infront you. If you won't drag him by the collar then I will think that there is still humanity left in you."
Meanwhile, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has sent a summon notice to political advisor of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Vaibhav Kumar in connection with water tanker scam.
Last Thursday, Mishra made "serious allegations" against senior Delhi Government functionaries in relation to the water tanker scam, which is alleged to have caused a loss of an estimated Rs. 400 crore to the state exchequer, in a detailed statement to the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB).
Earlier, Mishra submitted documents related to the tanker scam to the ACB, while saying that he also apprised the agency about the misuse of the money by the Delhi Government.
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