Mocking the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) rift, Union Minister for Science and Technology Dr. Harshvardhan on Sunday said that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his party have lost their credibility as they have deceived the people's expectations.
"Kejriwal and AAP have lost the credibility among people and Kapil Mishra has reiterated that fact. People have no longer any faith in their actions and deeds and they feel that they have virtually deceived them. I think Kejriwal has to admit that by doing all this he has done great harm to this country," he told ANI.
He added that Kejriwal has deceived the movement once started by social activist Anna Hazare.
"Now people will not have any faith in any anti-corruption crusades started by anyone in this country. That's the biggest set-back which I feel is a great loss for the country," Harshvardhan said.
Speaking on AAP's move of blaming the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for creating the dispute within the party, he said the saffron party does not get affected by this in any way as it is used to hearing such statements.
"If they can't validate or justify their deeds, they put the blame on the BJP. The people want Kejriwal to answer regarding the allegations that have been put forward by Mishra against him about serious corruption charges," he added.
Earlier in the day, in a dramatic press conference that ended with Mishra fainting, the former accused Kejriwal of corruption and warned him to resign by the evening.
The doctors yesterday advised hospitalisation to Mishra due to drop in blood sugar level and dehydration, but he refused to do so.
Addressing a press conference, 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.
"AAP did not inform about some of its fundings which it received from fake companies," he said.
Mishra 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. two 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.
AAP has its bank account at the Krishnanagar branch of Axis Bank and all the transactions happen from there.
Mishra also shared a blank cheque without a date which has already been encashed.
Kumar will be interrogated by the ACB on May 17.
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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