I am paying the price for being a Dalit: Ex-Delhi minister Sandeep Kumar

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Sandeep-Kumar---Sultanpur-mDelhi Social Welfare Minister and Women and Child Development Minister Sandeep Kumar, has been sacked over a sex tape controversy on late August 31. Kumar said that he did not figure on the tape, but was being targeted as he was a Dalit.

“I am paying the price for being a Dalit,” said Kumar, who was sacked by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. He added that he resigned on moral grounds.

“Some plot was hatched to destroy me ever since I installed Dr Ambedkar’s statue. It is because I am poor and a Dalit,” he said. The MLA from Sultan Pur Majra constituency and the only Dalit face in the party said that people are up in arms against him and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

The Delhi cabinet is likely to meet later in the day to discuss the replacement for Kumar, the youngest minister in Delhi government. The Delhi Chief Minister may address the party cadre via a video message.

Kumar is the third minister to have been removed from the Kejriwal government.

Kejriwal said Kumar has betrayed the party. If there is any allegation immediate action will be taken. There is no compromise in that. He was chosen to contest the Delhi polls last year after a thorough check up of his antecedents, added Kejriwal.

Kumar said he has resigned as he would not let the AAP’s name be dirtied. “My loyalty to the party remains undiminished,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party have targeted the Kejriwal government over the purported sex CD involving his minister.