AAP sacks Mishra, gets two new faces in Cabinet rejig


BJP's cartoon on the allegations against Arvind KejriwalTwitter Tajinder Pal S Bagga

Chief Minister Kejriwal chose to bring in Kailash Gahlot in Kapil's place, Sisodia had said.

Water and Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra, seen to be close to Aam Aadmi Party founding member Kumar Vishwas, was dropped from the Delhi Cabinet on Saturday over what is being described as "poor performance". The allegation, first made in a somewhat cryptic tweet on Sunday morning. was explicitly stated by Mishra in a subsequent press conference in the capital.

He was sacked on the eve of a "massive expose" he promised on the alleged water tanker scam in the Delhi Jal Board.

Mishra later claimed that he had met Kejriwal on Saturday and conveyed that he would not tolerate delay in the tanker scam report and submit names of those involved to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).

Here are the highlights of his press conference. "I exposed corruption done by Sheila Dikshit", Mishra said in a tweet, in an apparent jibe at Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Health Minister Satyendar Jain.

The "tanker scam", according to a report tabled in the Delhi Assembly a year ago, pertains to alleged irregularities to the tune of Rs 400 crore in hiring water tankers by the previous Sheila Dikshit government.

"They fought for corruption, initially".

The party also inducted two new faces - Seemapuri MLA Rajendra Pal Gautam and Najafgarh legislator Kailash Gehlot - into the Cabinet.

Mishra did not stop there. He told a news agency, "Water management was not working fine".

In his victory speech in 2015, when the Aam Aadmi (AAP) Party won 67 of the 70 Assembly seats in Delhi, had said that "the Congress was decimated due to its arrogance and now the same has happened to the BJP". "No CBI enquiry against me", he tweeted.

On being asked, according to Mishra, the CM evaded answering where the money came from and said that "few things in politics can not be explained".

Is AAP looking for a mole? In order to pacify him, Kejriwal made Vishwas in-charge of Rajasthan and also sacked AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan from the PAC, who had alleged that Vishwas was dancing to the tunes of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). "The people of Delhi now know the truth", he said.

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