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BJP ally demands immediate arrest, resignation of CM Arvind Kejriwal

Sacked AAP minister has accused Kejriwal of taking Rs 2 cr as bribe

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Photo: PTI
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. (Photo: PTI)

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Sunday demanded the resignation of Chief Minister and also his immediate arrest after he was accused by MLA and sacked minister of taking Rs 2 crore cash illegally.

Terming the "bribery scandal" as an "epoch event" which has "finally uncovered Kejriwal's real face", SAD general secretary Bikram Singh Majithia said the was being accused of being involved in since long.

"Now, we have a person who was a cabinet minister in the government till a few hours back claiming that he has witnessed the CM accepting Rs two crore from a tainted colleague with his own eyes," he said.

"Kejriwal has always maintained that he will take action against anyone accused of wrongdoing... What will you do now when you yourself are in the dock?" Majithia asked.

"People expect you to do the honourable thing and resign immediately rather than trying to discredit Kapil Mishra," the SAD leader said.

Terming Mishra's disclosure as "the biggest expose in independent India, in which a cabinet minister had unmasked his chief minister before the public", he claimed, "The revelation has affirmed what was common knowledge - that is enmeshed in a cesspool of and immorality."

"Mishra was found worthy of becoming a legislator and even be included in your (Kejriwal's) ministry. Now, the same person cannot be termed as insane by you and your cronies within hours of him exposing you," Majithia said.

He claimed that Kejriwal has based his on "deceit, defame others and ridicule" and now he is caught in his own web with his own persons exposing him.

"The people of suspected this and handed out a humiliating defeat to the in the MCD elections. Now, they expect Kejriwal to resign immediately without any further delay," Majithia said, adding that the convener should be arrested immediately.

Alleging that earlier too Kejriwal had "encouraged and immorality", the Akali leader said the founding members of the were shown the door for "demanding propriety" in party functioning.

In 2015, Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan were removed from the political affairs committee (PAC) of the after the duo had raised red flag against continuation of Kejriwal as the convener as also had questioned his working style.

Majithia claimed the same thing happened in Punjab with MPs Dharamvira Gandhi and Harinder Khalsa being isolated.

"Kejriwal has the dubious record of defending his tainted colleagues till they remain indefensible. He first defended his law minister Jitender Tomar in the fake degree case. He even stood by Somnath Bharti who was accused of domestic violence. He did not take action against his minister Sandeep Kumar despite being in possession of an objectionable CD of the minister," he said.

The wheel had turned full cycle for and it has lost the trust and faith of the people of and the nation. Now, it is for the AAP's Punjab leadership to clarify where they stand, Majithia said.

"Will they stand with Kejriwal, whose true character has been exposed by his own colleague, or will they stand with and all those who have stood up against and nepotism in the party? This stand will decide the future of the in Punjab," he said.

During campaigning for the Punjab Assembly polls, Kejriwal had vowed to put then state minister Majithia behind the bars if the comes to power in the state.

First Published: Sun, May 07 2017. 19:24 IST