Source: Agencies01 Sep 2016 15:10:18
New Delhi, September 1: Another embarrassment occurred for Aam Aadmi Party on Wednesday when cabinet minister Sandeep Kumar was removed from his post following an objectionable video viralled in the media.
The Minister who represents the Sultanpur Majra constituency was removed by a decision taken during a meeting among the top AAP leaders and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. Received objectionable CD of minister Sandeep Kr. AAP stands for propriety in public life. That can’t be compromised. Removing him from Cabinet wid immediate effect,” tweeted Kejriwal.
On the other hand, the 36-year old minister Sandeep Kumar replied to the controversy on Thursday saying he is not in present in the video and it’s a conspiracy against him because he is Dalit. CD purportedly showed Kumar who is also Women and Child Development Minister, in a compromising position with a woman.
“The CD came to us half-an-hour back. We saw the CD and took the decision to sack him immediately. AAP has zero tolerance for crime and corruption,” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia told reporters. “We will not tolerate any such acts. We have 67 MLAs. If anyone including the Chief Minister is found involved in any wrongdoings, immediate action will be taken as AAP is different from other parties,” Sisodia further said.
A lawyer by profession, Kumar met Kejriwal for the first time during the India Against Corruption campaign in 2012. He is known for contesting cases of the poor and socially backward people free of cost. He won by one of the biggest margins in the Delhi elections, and was rewarded with a ministerial berth for helping the party expand its base at the grassroots.
Kumar is the third AAP minister to depart the Party due to controversy. Earlier, Food and Supplies Minister Asim Ahmed Khan was sacked after charges of corruption. On October 9 last year, Kejriwal had sacked the then Environment and Food Minister Asim Ahmed Khan for allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs 6 lakh from a builder and recommended a CBI probe into the case.In June last year, then Law Minister Jitendra Singh Tomar had resigned after he was arrested on the charge of possessing fake degrees.
Reacting to the issue, DPCC president Ajay Maken too attacked the AAP saying three of the six Ministers who were initially inducted were caught for alleged “Fake degree, corruption, moral turpitude.”
Delhi BJP said Kejriwal must resign accepting moral responsibility for picking up the morally corrupt MLA in the Cabinet. “He must be rewarded for handing over Delhi’s governance to people with corrupt values. This has never happened in any government,” said Delhi BJP leader Vijender Gupta.