Kejriwal Sacks Minister Close To Kumar Vishwas
New Delhi: After burying the hatchet with poet-turned-politician Kumar Vishwas by removing Amanatulla Khan, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a deft move sacked Water and Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra, who is considered close to Vishwas, on Saturday.
Kejriwal reshuffled his Cabinet citing party’s poor performance in municipal elections last month. After removing Mishra, he inducted Najafgarh MLA Kailash Gehlot and Seemapur legislator Rajendra Gautam into the Cabinet taking the total number of ministers to seven.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia told a news agency that, as the water management was not up to the mark despite Kapil Mishra’s efforts, the CM decided to bring Kailash Gehlot in his place.
Soon after the decision was announced in a Cabinet meeting, Mishra declared that he would ‘expose’ the involvement of some AAP leaders in an alleged scam on Sunday.
He also said that he already had met the CM on Saturday morning and handed over documents related to the alleged scam.
Saying that he was not informed about the decision, he alleged that it was taken unilaterally by Kejriwal. The Cabinet or the Political Affairs Committee was not involved, claimed Mishra.
Immediately after the announcement of his removal was made, Mishra tweeted that he was the only minister with no corruption charges against him, and no CBI enquiry against him and none of his family members held a post in the government.
However, a senior government official said that the decision to remove Kapil Mishra was taken after it was found that the minister submitted inflated bills.
Meanwhile, speculations were that he was only axed as he sided with Vishwas. Earlier, he was considered one of the most active voices in the government.