The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) found itself in an embarrassing situation on Monday after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) released a video purportedly showing the BJP’s Delhi unit vice-president Sher Singh Dagar offering bribe to an AAP MLA.
The BJP’s state president Satish Upadhyay issued a show cause notice to Dagar seeking a detailed explanation.
The party also distanced itself from the episode by cancelling a press conference Dagar had called at the BJP’s Pandit Pant Marg office. Dagar was left alone to defend himself as he held a press conference at his South Extension residence.
The sting comes a day before the Supreme Court is to hear the AAP’s petition on dissolving the Delhi assembly. “I have asked him to give a detailed explanation within three days, while he has given his clarification to the media on Tuesday. At the same time, AAP leader Kejriwal needs to answer why he is so insecure about his MLAs. It seems he is afraid that the party will fall apart and is desperately trying to grab media attention,” said Upadhyay.
Sources said the party leadership was quite unhappy with Dagar’s meeting with AAP workers. In the past too, Dagar had held many demonstrations outside the BJP office after he was denied an assembly ticket.
“He is not authorised to take any decision for the BJP. He shouldn’t be holding such meetings anyway as he is not even an MLA. It will dent the party’s image,” said a senior BJP leader.
RP Singh, BJP MLA from Rajender Nagar and the party’s general secretary, demanded the immediate suspension of Dagar.
“He should immediately resign and the entire raw footage should be examined. Whether the sting is genuine or not, but he shouldn’t be meeting people the way he did,” said Singh.
Dagar claimed AAP MLA Dinesh Mohania had approached him to join the BJP. “He came to me and said he wanted to join BJP. If someone visits me, how can I not attend to the person?’ he said.
Dagar He said he would quit politics if the charges against him were proven.
“If someone can prove these allegations, I will quit politics. He is making up the entire story. I didn’t make any offer. I have not done anything wrong and if the party wants to expel me, it can,” he said.