AAP leaders 'caught' raising funds through illegal means in sting operation
A media portal today claimed to have done a sting operation on Aam Aadmi Party's senior leaders including Shazia Ilmi and Kumar Vishwas and alleged that they were involved in "raising funds through illegal means." AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal has dismissed the sting operation as a conspiracy against his party
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was Thursday jolted by a sting operation that showed some of its candidates including Shazia Ilmi accepting funds without proper verification, just days before the Dec 4 assembly elections in Delhi.
The sting carried out by "media sarkar" shows Ilmi, the AAP candidate from south Delhi's R.K. Puram, willing to accept donations in cash without receipt and offering to "adjust" the amount as "salary for party volunteers".
The video purportedly showed a reporter meeting Ilmi posing as a representative of a company and sought her help to teach a lesson to a rival company.
Initially, Ilmi refused to help the reporter without legal documents, but later allegedly agreed to help her even without documents when the reporter offered her donations in cash.
Ilmi is also shown in the video allegedly telling the reporter that the party accepts donations in cash.
The sting operations were also done on AAP candidates from Kondli (Manoj Kumar), Sangam Vihar (Dinesh Mohaniya), Okhla (Irfan Ullah Khan), Rohtas Nagar (Mukesh Hooda), Deoli (Prakash) and Palam (Bhawna Gaur).
Taking note of the video, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal said the guilty would not be spared and that there will be "no compromise against corruption".
"Some sting operations done on our candidates. Our team is looking into it. We will not spare if anyone is guilty," Kejriwal tweeted.
"We will walk the talk. There would be absolutely no compromise against corruption," he added.
Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took potshots at AAP and said the party's greed has been exposed.
"Exposure of AAP party... avarice is the root of all evils," tweeted BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.
The video comes as a setback for AAP which is already embroiled in a controversy over allegations of illegal foreign funding and a tussle with Anna Hazare over funds collected during the India Against Corruption (IAC) movement.
Kejriwal and Hazare had together, under the IAC banner, held agitations against corruption in Delhi two years ago.
The AAP has made the Delhi elections a three-way affair for the first time as until now the contest was always been between the Congress and the BJP.