Expose ‘poachers’, Kejriwal tells AAP MLAs as fight for Delhi intensifies

  • Darpan Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 08, 2014 15:18 IST

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal on Friday told his MLAs to “engage” with “those out to poach legislators” and expose “such elements” at an opportune time.

Kejriwal’s instruction came amid reports that Lt Governor Najeeb Jung may invite the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to form a government in Delhi.

Kejriwal and other party leaders had in the past accused the BJP of trying to poach AAP MLAs to stitch together a majority.

Party leaders will meet the President on Saturday and request him to ensure that the BJP could not form a government in Delhi.

“Kejriwal has told MLAs to record the conversations if people approach them for support and try to identify — when the call is on— the callers or people behind. The party will do an expose if it comes to a trust vote on the floor of the house,” said a party source.

The BJP with its ally had 32 MLAs in the House but three of them were elected to the Lok Sabha, bringing the number down to 29. The AAP had won 28 in the 2013 assembly elections and later formed the government with outside support from the Congress’ eight MLAs. It later quit the government to fight the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

The AAP also launched a fierce online campaign even as its leaders reacted sharply to reports that Jung may invite the Bharatiya Janata Party.

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AAP leader Ashutosh said it would be unconstitutional if a party, which had once refused to form a government because of inadequate numbers, was invited with even fewer numbers.

Manish Sisodia said the act (a possible invite to BJP) was against the spirit of the Constitution. “A government of horse-trading will not control inflation, power crisis, and the BJP doesn’t have the courage to face elections and is trying the back door to ridicule democracy.”

Another AAP leader, Somnath Bharti, said he would tonsure his head if such a thing happened. “BJP is hungry for power. They are not the choice of the people. Fresh elections must be held in Delhi,” Bharti said.

The social media team of Aam Aadmi Party launched a campaign to stall any such possible move. It asked people to speak out against the reported move to invite the BJP.

“Give the government a piece of your mind: record your video opposing and share with us,” said one of the Aam Aadmi Party messages. The party invited missed calls to spread the word.

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