Will sit on 'dharna' seeking Arvind Kejriwal's ouster if charges are proved: Anna Hazare

Anti-corruption crusader and noted social activist Anna Hazare on Tuesday said that he begin an agitation to demand the ouster of Arvind Kejriwal as Delhi Chief Minister if the allegations of corruption against him were proved.

By Zee Media Bureau | Last Updated: May 09, 2017, 16:35 PM IST
Will sit on 'dharna' seeking Arvind Kejriwal's ouster if charges are proved: Anna Hazare

Mumbai: Anti-corruption crusader and noted social activist Anna Hazare on Tuesday said that he begin an agitation to demand the ouster of Arvind Kejriwal as Delhi Chief Minister if the allegations of corruption against him were proved.

Hazare, who has earlier said that he was ''saddened'' by the allegations made by Kapil Mishra – the sacked Delhi water minister – was quick to point out that he had made the disclosure only after he was sacked by the AAP leadership.

"Whatever the former minister has said against Kejriwal, he said it only after his removal. If he was the minister when the alleged money exchange took place, why did not he alert the authorities?" the anti-corruption crusader asked.

"I think there should be a thorough investigation in this case. If Kejriwal is found guilty then I will personally sit on an agitation at Jantar Mantar and demand his resignation," Hazare said at his residence in Ralegan Siddhi village of Maharashtra's Ahmednagar district.

The reactions from the octogenarian Gandhian crusader came days after Mishra accused Kejriwal of taking Rs 2 crore from a Cabinet colleague, a charge refuted by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.

The Karawal Nagar MLA, who was yesterday suspended from primary membership of the AAP, also threatened to launch a hunger strike tomorrow if details of foreign visits by five AAP leaders are not made public by the party.

Mishra said he filed complaints with the CBI over the exchange of Rs 2 crore between Jain and Kejriwal, a Rs 50 crore land deal arranged for the CM's brother-in-law and five AAP leaders allegedly misusing party funds on foreign trips.