Arvind Kejriwal’s political outfit is under fire. Raised on the pedestal of absolute probity, unflinching morality and the motto of “cleaning politics”, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is peddling hard to stave-off itself from slipping into the troubled waters stoked by one controversy after another.
Into the huddle after sacking its Women Child Development minister Sandeep Kumar over the video CD allegedly showing him in an ‘objectionable’ situation with two women, AAP is now facing flak from its opponents.
As expected, the BJP and Congress party reacted strongly against the ruling party demanding Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s resignation and even expulsion of Sandeep Kumar from the AAP.
The man under lens, Sandeep Kumar, however, defended himself saying he is been framed for his subaltern background.
“This is a conspiracy against me as I belong to Valmiki Samaj. There should be a probe into this matter. I am very hurt by watching the video on television. There is no authenticity of this CD. Authenticity should be checked,” he told the press.
Reacting to the development, Delhi BJP said Kejriwal must resign accepting responsibility for picking up a “morally corrupt” MLA in the Cabinet.
“He must be rewarded for handing over Delhi’s governance to people with corrupt values,” BJP leader Vijender Gupta said in a sarcastic tone, adding “This has never happened in any government.”
Congress party too upped its ante against the ruling party with DPCC president Ajay Maken saying that three of the six ministers who were initially inducted were caught for alleged “fake degree, corruption, moral turpitude”.
“But who chose them? Why aren’t they expelled from Party?,” Maken shared his remarks on Twitter.
Training guns at the incumbent, former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit said, “It is the privilege of the CM to keep the ministers or sack them for whatever reasons, he thinks or believes. I don’t know because Kejriwal has a style of diverting attention from other problems by taking some actions.”
“He is trying to divert attention … and comes out with something sensational,” she added flaying Arvind Kejriwal over the shocking episode which has surely caused embarrassment among the ruling party’s rank and file.
Kejriwal’s former colleague and Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav said he was “shocked” over the matter as Sandeep Kumar was the WCD minister. Yadav said he is ashamed that he was associated with “this gang” at one point of time.
“Not surprised, because the way in which candidates and ministers were chosen, every ethical norm was put in dustbin, and this was expected to happen sooner or later,” he alleged.
Reacting to the controversy, Kejriwal resorted to a video message saying, he will prefer to die than stray from AAP’s principles, rather than compromising on the core values.
“Sandeep Kumar betrayed the party, he betrayed the AAP movement and the trust people across the country have reposed on AAP. We will never ever compromise on our core values. We will prefer to die than tolerate wrongdoings,” the Delhi CM said.
(With inputs from the PTI)