The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) hopes the sting video purportedly showing a senior BJP leader trying to bribe an AAP MLA will help itself strengthen its position both on legal and political fronts.
On Tuesday, the Centre has to come clean before the Supreme Court on whether Delhi gets an alternative government or goes in for fresh elections.
The AAP will submit the raw footage to the court to add credence to its stance that no party had the numbers to form a government.
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The AAP is also hoping to gain politically and stall the BJP’s efforts to somehow put together the required numbers. The party feels Delhi Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Najeeb Jung will be discredited if he still invites the BJP to form a government.
“If L-G even now invites the BJP, questions are bound to be asked,” AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal said.
“We have been accusing the BJP of trying to poach our MLAs but many found the allegations wild. Now we have given proof and there is credibility and the charges are increasingly becoming indefensible.
It has also put the BJP on the back foot. They are trying to distance themselves from their colleague caught on tape making poaching attempts,” said a party source.
Relying on an internal assessment that it can better its 2013 tally of 28 seats, the AAP said it would sharpen its attack in the coming days.
“The MLA who was offered bribe will lodge a police complaint. We will move the Election Commission for action. We have more such videos that we are going to release very soon,” he said.
Kejriwal said on Monday that the Supreme Court deadline has made the BJP nervous, forcing it to intensify its efforts to capture Delhi at any cost.
“It is clear from the conversation in the video that the BJP was making attempts to poach five AAP MLAs. [BJP vice-president Sher Singh] Dagar is clearly seen saying that the BJP will make five MLAs resign from the assembly and will prove its majority in the existing assembly by bringing its total strength down,” said an AAP statement.
“Dagar is seen admitting that even the RSS is now agreeable to forming a government through such means, though earlier the Sangh was opposed to government formation through horse-trading. He also stated that Jagdish Mukhi is the RSS choice for chief ministership,” it said.