Kapil Mishra
Kapil Mishra sits on a hunger strike in Delhi demanding that AAP leaders make public the details of their trips abroad.IANS

Reactions from leaders from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and across Opposition parties began pouring in soon after Kapil Mishra accused Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of using shell companies to launder crores of unaccounted funds. Besides demanding a probe into the fresh allegations, the Opposition also demanded that Kejriwal resign as the Delhi CM.

Mishra, who has been on a hunger strike since five days, also alleged that a massive scam was underway in the mohalla clinics run by the Delhi government. "Arvind Kejriwal, have some shame. If you don't resign by today evening, I will drag you from your office to Tihar Jail. I'm Kapil Mishra," he warned the Delhi Chief Minister.

AAP leader Sanjay Singh dismissed allegations made by Mishra while blaming the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for being "hand-in-glove" with the former water minister of Delhi.

"BJP is raising the same questions from last 2 years which were raised by Kapil Mishra today...I will request them to stop raising questions against AAP and Arvind Kejriwal... Stop tampering Arvind Kejriwal images... We have followed all the rules while taking donations...BJP is totally involved in this. BJP and Kapil Mishra are hand-in-glove," Singh said.

Adding that the BJP should "stop using the Sanghi Formula," Singh said: "Don't attack from behind, if you want to fight then confront us from front. Arvind Kejriwal is the one who's given up his job for the welfare of this nation... Former CEC has also said in an interview that the only party who takes funds with all the transparency is only AAP."

National Treasurer and Spokesperson of the AAP, Raghav Chadha, described Mishra as "mentally unstable" and said the "media should ask questions to Mishra as well when he addresses the media... Even before joining the party I use to travel abroad."

BJP demands Kejriwal's resignation

"Ex AAP minister Mishra exposes black money transactions of AAP through donations. Kejriwal must resign now. After exposure by his ex colleague, Arvind Kejriwal must answer how much black money he made in last 3 years," the Delhi unit of the BJP tweeted on Sunday.

Union Minister Harsh Vardhan also tweeted saying: "This is an exposé from just one insider, who has divulged a part of what he knew about. This may well be just tip of the #CorruptAAP iceberg... Appreciate Mr Mishra, the whistleblower, for bringing this serious bungling & corruption in front of ppl; they're after all, the best judge."

He added: "Enough of diversionary tactics, the Delhi govt must come forward and answer these instead of shifting blame and crying political victimhood." Taking a dig at Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, who was in the news currently over the strong use of vocabulary to describe the coverage of wife Sunanda Pushkar's murder case, Vardhan said: "Will AK say: 'Exasperating farrago of distortions and outright lies being propagated by an unprincipled partyman masquerading as an activist'."

Delhi BJP Spokesperson Tajinder Pal S Bagga tweeted saying Kejriwal "has become "Manmohan Singh" by remaining silent on the allegations levelled by Mishra. 

Congress demands probe into allegations

President of the Delhi unit of Congress, Ajay Maken, addressed the media on Sunday and said Kejriwal must respond to the allegations levelled by suspended AAP minister Mishra and that a "thorough probe should be conducted on the allegations... This is a very serious matter."

Maken added that all the companies which were mentioned in the slideshow must be investigated as a lot of illegal and unaccounted funds were coming into the Kejriwal-led party. The Delhi Congress chief further said government agencies were aware of the transactions that Mishra has been talking about over the past week.