Sandeep Kumar has “betrayed the Aam Aadmi Party and our movement”, said Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal about the minister he sacked last night over an alleged sex scandal.
Mr Kumar, he said, had been sacked immediately, as minister. “If there is any allegation we take immediate action. We will not compromise on that,” Mr Kejriwal said, explaining the minister’s removal in a video message.
The former minister, he said had been selected to contest the Delhi elections last year after a thorough check of his antecedents.
Sandeep Kumar, 36, who was the Women and Child Welfare Minister of Delhi, was removed over a video and photographs that reportedly shows him with two women. He alleged today that the reason behind being targeted was “because I am a Dalit.”
Mr Kumar said he is not in the video but that he has resigned because “I will not let the AAP name be tainted” and that his loyalty to the party remains undiminished.
“I am AAP’s soldier now and forever,” he told reporters this morning, while stressing that he is not guilty of any wrongdoing.