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Kapil Mishra

 Kapil Mishra

Kapil Mishra is a Delhi-based politician from the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), who is often in the news for his provocative remarks. He was recently a part of the controversy, where a particular section of the society was irked with his remarks during the anti-CAA protests that some say, led to the violence in Delhi during US President Donald Trump's visit to India. 

Personal Life

Kapil Mishra was born in Delhi on November 13,1980 to Annapurna Mishra, a former mayor of East Delhi affiliated with the BJP and Rameshwar Mishra "Pankaj", a former socialist leader, thinker and author. He is married to Preety Mishra and the couple has 2 children. He did his post graduation in social work from Delhi University. Kapil Mishra likes reading books and playing sports.

Political Career

Kapil Mishra was a candidate for the Aam Aadmi Party from Karawal Nagar constituency during 2015 Delhi Legislative Assembly elections. Mishra his rival BJP candidate Mohan defeated his rival candidate Mohan Singh Bisht by a margin of 44,431 votes, as his party got a huge support from the public of Delhi. Mishra took his oath in Sanskrit and was inducted in Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP cabinet as a Water Resource Minister. However, it didn't last long as Mishra was sacked by CM Kejriwal from his ministry over corruption found in his ministry works. Several reports of feud between the two leaders also emerged. The relations between Mishra and Kejriwal turned sour as the former accused Arvind Kejriwal of corruption along with Satyendra Kumar Jain. Afterward, he sought appointments with the Anti-Corruption Bureau of Delhi to lodge his complaints, regarding 2 crores of bribe money which he alleged had been exchanged, but could not prove it. Thus, the case in the name of CM Arvind Kejriwal was dropped by the Lokayukta. He later alleged more instances of corruption in the AAP government under Arvind Kejriwal. Being a member and MLA of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), he was supporting, sharing stage events for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and was also campaigning against his own party AAP in 2019 Indian general election. These events and instances of anti-party activities were brought to the notice of the Speaker Ram Niwas Goel of Delhi Legislative Assembly by his former colleague MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj. This resulted in disqualification of Mishra as an MLA of Delhi under rule of paragraph 2(1)(a) of the tenth schedule of the Indian constitution on grounds of defection and anti-party activities. Just a few days after his disqualification as an MLA, Kapil Mishra joined the BJP in presence of senior BJP leaders of Delhi Manoj Tiwari, Vijay Goel, Vijender Gupta, Satish Upadhyay and others.

Controversy

Kapil Mishra was accused of instigating violent communal riots in Delhi after he publicly spoke out in a rally against the anti-CAA protesters, in the presence of the DCP of North East Delhi district, Ved Prakash Surya on February 23, 2020. Many demanded his arrest for instigating riots and hate-mongering.Mishra tried to intimidate the police to remove the protesters from Jaffrabad and Chand Bagh areas in three days' time, allegedly threatening to take matters into his own hands, "hit the streets" and "not remain peaceful" in the event of their failure. Merely a few hours after his speech, a violent clash started in Delhi.

He stirred up another controversy in January 2020 when he likened the upcoming 2020 Delhi Legislative Assembly election to an India versus Pakistan contest. He tweeted, "There will be a contest on Delhi Roads between India and Pakistan on February 8". His tweet met with a lot of protest and Mishra was issued a show-cause notice for "violation of the model code of conduct and the Representation of the People Act". Election Commission of India also imposed a 48-hour campaigning ban on him over his controversial tweets.