Former Delhi Minister Sandeep Kumar, who was sacked over an "objectionable" CD, alleged on Thursday that he was being targeted under a "conspiracy" as he was a Dalit and demanded a probe into the issue.
"This is a conspiracy against me as I belong to Valmiki Samaj. There should be a probe into this matter. I am very hurt by watching the video on television. There is no authenticity of this CD. Authenticity should be checked," he told reporters at his residence in New Delhi.
The plot was hatched ever since I installed Dr Ambedkar's statue. It is because I am poor & Dalit: Sandeep Kumar AAP pic.twitter.com/iCcROTntTP— ANI (@ANI_news) September 1, 2016
Asked if he was the one featured in the CD, Kumar, who held the portfolios of Social Welfare and Women and Child Development, said that it is a matter of investigation and truth should come out.
I am paying price of being a Dalit. I am not in that video.Investigation must be done about video: Sandeep Kumar AAP pic.twitter.com/KaSMgx9HIT— ANI (@ANI_news) September 1, 2016
"I am the only Dalit face of the party. I have been popular among Dalit community, that's why a conspiracy has been hatched against me. Other political parties are after us as we do not have a political background," he added.
In a sudden move, Kumar was sacked by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday night after receiving an 'objectionable' CD in which he was purportedly shown in a compromising position with a woman.
The decision to remove the 36-year-old minister was taken at a high-level meeting attended by top AAP leaders and the announcement was made by Kejriwal himself through a tweet. Kumar, however, insisted that he had resigned on moral grounds.
Recd "objectionable" CD of minister Sandeep Kr. AAP stands for propriety in public life. That can't be compromised(1/2)— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) August 31, 2016
Removing him from Cabinet wid immediate effect(2/2)— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) August 31, 2016
"Someone is saying the video is two months old and others are saying it is three months old. There is no authentication, Dalits have been exploited always. I belong to a poor family, so I know the facts are distorted. I have been framed because I am a Dalit," he said.
Like Eklavya ws pulled down,whn people from our community rise some plot is hatched to destroy us: Sandeep Kumar AAP pic.twitter.com/b5I8lLMFdT— ANI (@ANI_news) September 1, 2016
He also lashed out at the media. "Without knowing my side, the media is showing things. My family is with me. I am not afraid of such controversies. I am a loyal person and can sacrifice anything for my community.”
"It is the history of this country that whenever we have tried to rise, we have been suppressed. It is entirely a conspiracy against me and there should be an inquiry in it," he said.
"I have resigned on basis of morality. If media is trying to twist it then it is wrong. I was a soldier of AAP earlier and now also I won't let the party be defamed," he said.