In his tell-all media conference at Rajghat, Delhi's sacked water minister Kapil Mishra made a shocking accusation, saying he has seen Health Minister Satyendra Jain handing Rs. 2 crore in cash to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
"Where did the money come from? They must say what was done with the money?" he said. The minister had earlier tweeted that he has "witnessed HIM taking illegal cash". Minutes before Mishra's tell-all press conference, Kejriwal went into a huddle with his deputy Manish Sisodia and other leaders. Kumar Vishwas, whom Kapil Mishra is considered close to, is also attending the meeting.
Kapil Mishra said he had met Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal this morning and revealed all to him. Mishra's removal came last evening minutes after a series of tweets from him promised a "massive expose on tanker scam".
His tweet after the meeting read, "I have witnessed HIM taking illegal cash... have shared all details with Lt. Gov. It is impossible to keep silent. Loss of power is nothing, ready to lose my life also". But he also said he was not quitting AAP. "AAP is my party," he said.
Mishra is considered close to Kumar Vishwas, who headlined AAP's internal crisis that spilled out in the open last week. Targeting Kejriwal last evening after his removal, he alleged a "major conspiracy".
"I will reveal big names, and may be because of those names, such a decision has been made," Mr Mishra said.
Later, a Hindi tweet from him said, "Arvind Kejriwal is directly calling up many AAP leaders and legislators... huge conspiracy ahead of my press conference... won't stop, won't bend".
On Saturday, announcing Mishra's removal, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that the minister had worked hard but "water management was not up to the mark. There were complaints about water not reaching people". The party has inducted two new faces into the cabinet - Seemapuri MLA Rajendra Pal Gautam and Najafgarh legislator Kailash Gahlot who will replace Mr Mishra as the Water Minister.