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HindustanTimes Thu,17 Apr 2014

'Modi, Jaitley 'conspiring' to bring down Delhi govt'

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 03, 2014
First Published: 11:44 IST(3/2/2014) | Last Updated: 19:35 IST(3/2/2014)

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday accused senior leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), including its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, of trying to bring down the Arvind Kejriwal-led government in Delhi and also claimed that the Opposition party tried to lure its MLAs to switch side.

AAP leader Sanjay Singh also accused BJP's Arun Jaitley and Harsh Vardhan for creating problems for the Kejriwal government and added that party is scared that it will stop its march to Delhi in the upcoming general elections.

"The BJP is scared of the AAP's rising popularity. Narendra Modi, Arun Jaitley and Harsh Vardhan are conspiring to bring down the Delhi government," Singh claimed at a press conference.

Singh also said that the AAP has the information that Jaitley is making attempts to defame the Delhi government.

"Arun Jaitley is writing about the government, but does not write a blog on the drug and sex racket in the city. Modi, Jaitley and Harsh Vardhan are trying to create problems for the AAP," said Singh during a press conference.

Singh also accused the BJP of acting on behalf of power discoms.

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"The BJP started a protest about the Delhi power crisis even before the AAP government knew anything about blackouts," he said.

"It is just after chief minister Arvind Kejriwal threatened he would cancel licences of power companies that all this has begun. It is the Adanis and the Ambanis who are behind this."

Singh also defended the controversial Khirki Extension raid saying that law minister Somnath Bharti did what police could not do adding that when Kejriwal tried to help the residents of Khirki extension, he was misunderstood.

He added that there was no evidence of racism in the midnight raid in south Delhi.

He said that Modi slammed the AAP government on the incident involving a student from Arunachal Pradesh but he should speak about how Nigerians in Goa were attacked and direct the BJP government to order an inquiry.

Modi had criticised the Kejriwal-led party at a rally in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday saying that certain incidents in the national capital brought "disgrace" to India globally.

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Singh said that his party will begin a campaign from Tuesday to expose both BJP and Congress.

In the press conference, AAP MLA Madan Lal alleged that a person claiming to be close to Gujarat chief minister Modi called him and offered Rs. 20 crore to be a part of the BJP government. He added that he has no proof to back his allegations.

Lal, an MLA from Kasturba Nagar, claimed that he had been first approached December 7, a day before the Delhi assembly election results were announced.

He said that just past midnight that day, he received a call from an "unknown number" and the person who spoke to him said that he would help him get in touch with a "big person" and mentioned Jaitley's name.

"I told him to shut up and put down the phone," said Lal.

Recounting a second instance, Lal said he was approached by two people on behalf of Gujarat chief minister Modi a few days ago.

"Two people came to my house to meet me. I asked what they want and they told me 'we are Modi's people'. I remember the name of one person - Sanjay Singh - and both were in their 40s.

I asked them why had they come to meet me. They asked me to wean away nine AAP lawmakers and form a party and align with the BJP," said Lal.

Lal claimed he was told that if he formed a government with the breakaway MLAs in alliance with BJP and wanted to be chief minister he would be paid Rs. 20 crore and that the AAP MLAs who wanted to be cabinet ministers would be paid Rs. 10 crore each.

He said he informed the party high command each time he was approached.

Asked why he didn't record the offer by that person as Kejriwal government was trying to teach the common man of Delhi how to do sting operation of officials seeking bribe, the MLA said he didn't have such a device.

"Besides, I didn't want to record the conversation against BJP as this is just my allegation and I don't want to fall into any legal cases," he said.

Jaitley on his part rubbished the allegations through a post on Twitter.

"Rubbish claims by AAP. AAP's alternative politics includes a fundamental right to falsehood and lies," wrote Jaitley.

(With IANS and PTI inputs)

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