- 2 crores received in bank drafts ahead of 2015 election
- AAP not able to explain source of these funds, say tax officers
- AAP's many crises include sacking Kapil Mishra as minister
Mr Kejriwal, the 49-year-old Chief Minister of Delhi, has said the accusations of illicit funding are part of the centre's attempt to discredit AAP and its stated commitment to fighting graft as the main reason for its existence.
After punishing performances in recent elections in Punjab and Delhi, Mr Kejriwal has confronted deepening fissures. First, poet and crowd-puller Kumar Vishwas had to be coaxed out of quitting the Aam Aadmi Party or AAP. Then, Kapil Mishra, one of seven ministers in Delhi, sacked on Saturday for inadequate performance, said that Mr Kejriwal was given two crores in cash by another minister, Satyendar Jain. Mr Mishra has yet to follow up this charge with a case against the Chief Minister. He says that separately, he plans to provide information to establish that Mr Kejriwal is concealing crucial details that expose how former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and other officials pulled off a large swindle based on the hiring of private tankers to distribute water in the capital.
After AAP failed to win Punjab despite a sweeping campaign by Mr Kejriwal, he ascribed the defeat to rigged machines, charges firmly refuted by the Election Commission. However, with other parties like the Congress making similar allegations, the Commission has called a meeting of all parties on Friday to address their concern and will reportedly hold a hackathon at the end of the month to allow techies to take a shot at proving the machines can be gamed.
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